comic art by George Hansen

George Hansen was an artist, publisher and editor for several underground comix at Adam's Apple Distribution Co. in the early 1970s, such as Hard Times, Hot Nuts, Let's Not n'Say we did Funnies, Like Nobody's Bizness Funnies, and Tail Dragger Comix. He also drew Choice Meats Comics # 1 and 2 at Peanut-Juice Production in Chicago. Unfortunately his style was too similar to Robert Crumb and many people either confused him with the maestro, or downright accused him of being a rip-off. A comics dealer in San Francisco made a blacklist of comics by Peanut Juice Production, because they were "inferior" and informed his mail order patrons to do the same. Crumb's lawyer decided to sue the publisher of Peanut Juice, who of course demanded Hansen to pay him up. It all happened at a bad time in Hansen's life. His first wife had just left him and sued him for divorce. 

Later in his career he has also been a storyboarder for stop-motion animation advertising. Nowadays, he mostly paints and sells his work through David Leonardis Gallery in Chicago. He also owns a record label, Bloody Murder Records, that issues avant-garde free jazz. Hansen wrote a personal homage to Robert Crumb in Monte Beauchamp's book 'The Life and Times of R. Crumb. Comments From Contemporaries (St. Martin's Griffin, New York, 1998).

cover for Choice Meats #2

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