Garbage Pail Kid Artist, Jay Lynch, dead at 72

03/20/2017 at 9:25 | Joe Sacco // Staff Writer
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Artist, writer, and satirist Jay Lynch, a central figure in the underground comics movement of the 1960s and 1970s, died on March 5th in Candor, NY at 72 from lung cancer.

Often said to have a wry, deadpan sense of humor, Lynch held strong views about underground comics and their importance which were raunchy and grotesque in their depictions of sex, drugs, and violence and set themselves apart from mainstream alternatives.

“Underground comix were the most important art movement of the 20th century,” he wrote, spelling “comics” as “comix” which was the preferred method by other underground cartoonists.

Although he reached some notoriety through Bazooka Joe comix and some works that were published in Playboy in the 80s, Lynch is probably best known for the Garbage Pail Kids, which was a series of trading cards produced by Topps beginning in 1985.  The series was a clever parody of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts which became an obsession in their own right. Garbage Pail Kids were invented by fellow underground comix pioneers Art Spiegelman and Mark Newgarden with Lynch coming on board as the project took off.

The series reached such popularity that even a movie was made which has gained a cult following over the years.

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