The Comic Caricatures
Most of the work here represents Perry's comic caricatures published in local undeground newspapers "City Beat" and "Everybody's News" for the nationally known News of the Weird new syndicate. Wildly hilarious while being both surreal and cryptic at the same time, its broad-brushed expansive characterizations of animals and people are reminiscent of the frenzied, big eyed Max Fleischer animals and humans popularized in the Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons. Even so, one detects haunting underlying graphic images in these pictures transcending the broad, outrageous comedy which are strongly reminiscent of his Gothic Grotesques.We see dogs who think they are people with attitudes, gigantic crazed goldfish, happy lizards driving cars, Film-Noir cops and crook, and abstractly stylized cityscapes and interiors. Over and subtle social symbolism abounds.
"I consider comedy an almost sacred thing, because when you are laughing, you can not be tense."-Doug Perry"
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