|Mick Jagger by Bill Griffith 1965|
|Not Mick Jagger.|
|Zippy makes sense of the world for Griffy, Bill Griffith's alter ego.|
A few years later I fixed it to the wall of my garden shed where I was writing at the time. Chris Jagger came round and liked it and passed it on to his brother Mick to sign - faintly, as it turned out, in green pencil. After that I decided to frame it; I like the gilt wooden frame holding Bill's rough sheet of drawing paper, and I like seeing the signatures there, Bill's in New York in 1965, Mick's later in London, marks of passage. I have a stinkhorn mushroom somewhere too, also drawn by Bill.
|Signed by Mick Jagger, above, and Bill Griffith, below.|
Contemporary readers of Bill Griffith's comic strip, Zippy the Pinhead, know with certainty that the illustrator is one of the most accomplished draftsmen working in comics today, his talents on a par with those of Robert Crumb. His art -- nuanced shading; economical linework; evocative textures; fidelity to dress, gesture, expression, architecture, automotive design, and the thousand and one other accoutrements of modern life -- is an unfailing daily marvel, especially considering the speed and regularity at which the strip is produced.