Ed Wynn, first comedian to use a studio audience.
Cobalt 60 first appeared in the fanzine Shangri L’Affairs #73, June 1968 (Ken Rudolph). Cobalt 60, a ten page ink line story, was one of the most innovative and influential cartoon strips I’ve ever done. It has been published and re-published in English, French, Italian, and Swedish.
On May 6, 1968, I started designing the violent world and characters of Cobalt-60. The whole concept of the idea was to create a mutant world of the future that used “cute” characters in the most awful realism.
Cobalt-60 became a satire not only of Man and War but of cartoons as well.
The first ten page black line story (done actual size, which was unusal for me: I normally work 50-100 percent up) was published in Shangi L’Affairs, a Los Angeles based fanzine published by Ken Rudolf. Later, Wally Wood’s Witzend reprinted the disturbing strip with a violent Cobalt-60 cover. I did only one more Cobalt-60, a four page narration “Pictography” experiment for Shaggy again. Cobalt-60 has been one of the most influential cartoons I’ve ever done. It turns a lot of other artists onto new paths. Among Cobalt-60’s greatest fans is my good friend Richard Corben.
I admit I sometimes have a problem with this.