The Tortoise and the Hare, from Air Pirates, by Gary Hallgren 1971
'The Tortoise and the Hare', Air Pirates, 1971. 

Gary Hallgren grew up in the Pacific Northwest U.S. and studied painting and design at Western Washington State College. He became a sign painter, specializing in Art Nouveau style and cartoon art. Gary Hallgren became involved with the underground comix scene around 1970. He teamed up with Dan O' Neill, Bobby London, Ted Richards and Shary Flenniken to start Air Pirates Funnies, a comix series that parodied Disney characters (especially Mickey Mouse, who could be seen having sex with Minnie, getting high and smuggling drugs). Disney sued the artists for copyright infringement, but the case was finally settled out of court.

Tom Terkey, by Gary Hallgren
'Tom Terkey'. 

Gary Hallgren's work appeared in numerous magazines, such as National Lampoon, Chic, Screw, Rolling Stone, Howard the Duck, Crazy, Hustler and Provincetown. He moved to New York, where he worked as a commerical artist for major magazines and newspapers.

In issue #493 (September 2008) of Mad Magazine Hallgren created a parody of Cathy Guisewhite's 'Cathy' starring singer Amy Winehouse hiding drugs in her beehive hair. Some years later camera footage revealed that the real-life singer actually hid drugs in that specific place.

Since 2015, Hallgren assisted Chris Browne on his newspaper gag comic 'Hägar the Horrible'. 

comic art by Gary Hallgren
Comic art by Gary Hallgren, featuring 'Mickey Mouse Club' host Annette Funicello.

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