Lardo by Gary Figari

Little is known about the comic artist Gary Figari, except that he was active for the publishing label of Larry Fuller and Raye Horne in the 1970s. In fact, Figari drew the entire 12-page underground comic book 'The Funny Book', which was released by Ful-Horne Productions in 1975. His main character was the grotesque 'Lardo', who is presented as "the fattest guy in the world". The comic gives a rather stereotypical depiction of an obese and equally stupid giant, whose main goal is eating as much as he can. Figari's character returned in the second and third issue of the comic book from 1977 and 1978, which both bore the title The New Funny Book. Besides gag pages with 'Lardo', Figari also introduced characters like 'The Dolts' and 'Uncle Eph', while artists like James Davis, Bob Vojtko, Ken Macklin, Danny Bulanadi, Reggie Macabasco, Duane Bibby, R. Davies, Ian Akin and Dennis Plumb also contributed work. Although a prominent artist in all of Fuller's Funny Books, no further publications by Figari are known. Larry Fuller has mentioned to Lambiek that Gary Figari was a very shy person, and that even he had never met the man in person.

Lardo by Gary Figari

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