Jay „Garbage Pail Kids“ Lynch R.I.P.

Jay Lynch ist bereits am 5. März im Alter von 72 Jahren an Lungenkrebs verstorben.

Lynch war eine der wichtigsten Protagonisten der Underground Comix-Scene in den 60er und 70er Jahren und ihr kennt seine Arbeiten wahrscheinlich vor allem von den Garbage Pail Kids. Noch vor den Garbage Pail Kids kannte ich seine Zeichnungen allerdings aus den Bazooka Joe Bubblegum-Comics. In meiner sehr, sehr kurzen Kaugummi-Phase irgendwann mit 8 oder 9 oder so kaufte ich regelmäßig Bazooka Joes – nur um die Kaugummis am Ende wegzuschmeißen, weil mich nur die Comics interessierten. Ich hasse Kaugummi und liebe Bazooka Joe (und die Garbage Pail Kids natürlich), bis heute. Danke für den ganzen Unfug, Jay!

Mr. Lynch, who had a wry, deadpan sense of humor, held strong views about the importance of underground comics, which differentiated themselves from the mainstream through raunchy and grotesque depictions of sex, drugs and violence. “Underground comix were the most important art movement of the 20th century,” he wrote […]

Mr. Lynch’s comics never reached as broad an audience as some of his more famous brethren’s. Mr. Rosenkranz suggested that this might have been because he did not use sex as much in his work as others and was not part of the so-called “slash and drip” school of underground cartoonists. “He was more interested in intellectual ideas,” he said.

Some of Mr. Lynch’s work reached the mainstream — through Playboy in the 1980s, but more regularly through Topps, the trading card company, which provided an income for artists like Mr. Spiegelman and Mr. Lynch. “They were our Medicis,” Mr. Spiegelman said. Over a few decades, Mr. Lynch illustrated Bazooka Joe comics; Garbage Pail Kids, which began as a satire of Cabbage Patch Kids; and Wacky Packages, which parodied consumer culture. He recalled that he was told which food conglomerates not to mock, but with a list of products that he could parody, “I would go to the supermarket and buy those products.”