Spring Is In The Air : Copyright Bucklee Bell .
In 1969, his work featured in the joint Undergound Comix Show at the Sy Lowinsky Gallery ,Berkeley. One of those who rose to fame and notoriety from that period , Robert Crumb , recalled that Buckley Bell’s drawings inspired and blew his mind . Of Crumb, described as a counterculture cartoonist who dropped LSD and for four decades, it has been said, his style and satirical tone shocked, entertained , titillated and challenged , this was seen as high praise.
Joplin's psychedelic Porsche convertible the morning she was found dead due to a drug overdose. Known as the Queen of Psychedelic , she was 27. Crumb had designed the cover of one of her albums .
In following years Crumb had a comic called Facts O' Life Funnies -hippie sex education, women's rights - in which Buckwheat Florida and girlfriend , Strawberry Fields, who got preggers , figured. Because of this, Bucklee was not sure if Crumb regarded him as a hick . Later on , through a French bookdealer , he corresponded with Crumb who critiqued his art , which was appreciated . In what could be regarded as "revenge" for Crumb having sent him up in 1970, Bucklee provided the following painting .
Copyright Bucklee Bell
Entitled ATTACK ON R. CRUMB'S PICNIC , it shows Crumb and comic artist Aline Kominsky , Crumb's wife , she armed with a swat, telling Robert Fritz the randy cat seems to have outlived his time as a throw rug ; there are more insects invading the outing than in a Hitchcock horror movie; ants are stealing hotdogs; tits are mentioned in an article; is that a crank handle in the snake's mouth ? The reclining man with the long flowing beard is a Crumb character , Mr Natural ; other Crumb creations are in the fabulous mix. Bucklee was inspired by a joint cartoon Aline and Robert drew for New Yorker .
Bucklee was born in North Florida, the Deep South, the day before the Germans surrendered - Adolf and Eva safely ensconced in their U-boat on the way south , as he put it .
Then he "got lucky" and with a roommate , who was returning home, went to San Francisco where he watched the beatnik to hippie era unfold before his eyes. " I was in over my head . I loved to doodle and when I was zonked Don Schenker, publisher of Yellow Dog Underground Comix, saw my books and printed my art in several issues."
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NEXT: A visit to Thailand sets him on a new course in life as a renowned bead expert and author on the subject with a renewed interest in painting, often expressing strong views about politics , war and the environment .