Keed Spills: A tribute to Gilbert Shelton
Gilbert Sheldon (1598–1677) was an English Archbishop of Canterbury. He was born in Stanton, Staffordshire in the parish of Ellastone, on 19 July 1598, the youngest son of Roger Sheldon; his father worked for Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford; he matriculated at Oxford on 1 July 1614, graduated B.A. from Trinity College on 27 November 1617…
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Freewheelin’ Franklin, Phineas, and Fat Freddy symbolized the pot culture of the Sixties, their free-spirited lifestyle in pursuit of sex, drugs, and rock & roll became the model for a generation that broke more molds than any before or since. Their hairy appearances and attitudes were summed up in one philosophy: “Dope will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no dope.”
It was a potent anti-establishment mantra that sold about 40 million comic books in 15 languages and is still chanted by the faithful. The Freak Brothers were (are) such a hit that even the appearance of Fat Freddy’s Cat attracted fans, and the cat, whose panels started appearing on the bottom of the comic pages, soon got his own comic.
Shelton’s name is also found in the annals of psychedelic poster artists, having created many during his tenure as art director for the Vulcan Gas Company during the late 1960s, putting him in league with the best San Francisco psychedelic poster artists.
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