One piece in the museum that struck me that at first glance was what seemed to be a replica print of pop artist Roy Lichtenstein work, but was then informed on the contrary the piece was exposing Lichtenstein’s plagiarism.
As you can see in [Figure 1] Whaam! by Roy Lichtenstein is a copy of The Star Jockey by Ivr Novick. Dave gibbons produced WHAAT? a manipulated duplication of Lichtenstein’s painting to express how the pop artist used existing work without crediting Ivr Novick. In Dave’s print [Figure 2] he uses text to expose Lichtenstein by calling him a “copyist” and using the phrases “WHAAT?” & “WHOOSE?” with “Original image created by Irv Novick” in the bottom left corner as if Dave is signing of this piece of work rightfully to the original artist.
Browsing through all the comic strips on display it was interesting to see how comics have evolved overtime. On display is a series of covers from the early British comic book magazine, Comic Cuts. Alfred Harmsworth produced these from 1890 to 1953 and was the first halfpenny comic papers. The Comic cuts cover had a series of humorous caricature illustrations laid out in a newspaper format. You can see how comic books have evolved from the 18th century being printed greyscale on newsprint to now being digitally rendered and printed on paper or formatted for media devices.
Figure 1 – Lichenstein, Roy. (1963), WHAAM. Novrick, Ivr. (1962) The Star Jockey [online image]. Available at: < http://www.paulgravett.com/articles/article/comixmas>. [Accessed 26 February 2016].
Figure 2 – Gibbons, Dave. (2013) WHAAT? [online image]. Available at: < http://www.brokenfrontier.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/dave-gibbons-whaat.jpg>. [Accessed 26 February 2016].
Figure 3 – Harmsworth, Alfred. (1890) Comic Cuts [online image]. Available at: < http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/ukcomics/images/8/87/ComicCuts_001.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100925105858>. [Accessed 26 February 2016].