Tags

, , , , ,

Air Pirates Funnies comics (Hell Comics, 1971)

In 1971, a group of San Francisco-based cartoonists (Dan O’Neill, Shary Flenniken, Bobby London, Gary Hallgren and Ted Richards) released two underground comics called the Air Pirates Funnies. The comics showed Disney characters engaging in adult behaviors, like sex and drug use. O’Neill was so eager to get sued that
he had the son of a Disney board member smuggle the comic into a meeting. In October 1951 (the comics were published in July and August 1951), Disney filed that lawsuit, having cited copyright infringement,
trademark infringement and unfair competition. In 1978, Disney won their suit. The Air Pirates Funnies comics have become a coveted collectible.

Advertisements