Los Angeles: Sawyer Press, 1967.. 1967.. Very good. - An original 33-1/4 inch high by 22-1/2 inch wide color poster by the American cartoonist Ron Cobb referencing Los Angeles' Watts Riots. The image portrays an old black man with curly white hair under a floppy lime green hat and white stubble upon his cheeks. Attired in a matching green jacket over pink shirt, the man holds a hoe in his left hand while, in a parody of Smoky the Bear, he points out at the viewer with his right index finger. What appears to be the charred remains of buildings are lit by a golden yellow glow in the background. There are creases to the edges and corners and both the bottom and the edges are slightly darkened. There are a few tiny chips to the right edge. Very good.
A Civil Rights poster by the American cartoonist Ron Cobb published as a commentary on South Central Los Angeles' Watts Riots. According to Ron Cobb, the image poked fun at moderate African-Americans who didn't share the outrage of the younger generation who protested the deep racism and unfair conditions of the period.
The American cartoonist Ron Cobb (born 1937) was also a writer, film designer and director. As an animator for Disney, the young man was a breakdown artist on Disney's feature 1959 film "Sleeping Beauty". Drafted into the army, he worked as a draughtsman for the Signal Corps thus avoiding deployment to Vietnam. In 1965, following his discharge, he began to contribute to the Los Angeles Free Press, one of the first underground newspapers of the time. Though not very financially rewarding, his political cartoons were highly regarded and many were also featured in "The Mother Earth News". More financially rewarding were his design for the 1967 record cover of Jefferson Airplane's album "After Bathing at Baxter's" and his designs for the 1973 film "Dark Star" as well as subsequent design work for numerous movies including Star Wars, Alien, Conan the Barbarian, The Last Starfighter, Total Recall, etc.