My Friend Zippy

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Zippy The Pinhead is the only member of the underground comix family to join the mainstream media funny pages. If you don't know anything about him, you haven't been reading your Bartlett's Quotations, wherein Zippy is credited with originating the phrase, "Are we having fun yet?"

Confused? Check out Understanding Zippy In 6 Easy Lessons on his Web site.

I'm rather proud that Bill Griffith, Zippy's creator, picked up on several ideas I sent him. Here are the signed photocopies he sent me in return. I have a 6" x 13" print of "Call For Help" on my wall.

If you look closely where the arrows point, you can see the "Tip 'o The Pin" credits to yours truly. Yow!



This big guy is just outside of Hamton, MN, just southeast of the Twin Cities.



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This is an actual business in Winona, MN. I spotted it when I was scouting locations for
Back On The Mississippi.



Bill Griffith graciously traded a signed, framed copy of the Zippy comic in exchange for a DVD of
Back On The Mississippi.
It hangs stately on the wall in our main bathroom




Blue Earth and Le Sueur, MN, both claim to be the home of the Jolly Green Giant. But Blue Earth has the statue. Greeny is shown here wearing a leather jacket, which he dons every year in honor of the motorcycle riders who travel by Blue Earth on their way to Sturgis, SD.



A sign I saw in Iowa inspired me to wonder what would happen if Reddy Kilowatt met Willie Wirehand. Zippy had the answer.




While visiting my alma matter, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I saw this guy's head on the front steps of the Sheldon Art Gallery.
He's called Fallen Dreamer, and was created by Tom Otterness in 1995.






A trip to home from Madison, Wisconsin, brought me in contact with The White Pig.
Too bad it didn't run on the weekend in color. Those eyes are something else!





This guy stands between a casino that's part of the Isle of Capri chain and a motel built into the side of a bluff. His particular casino is near Marquette, Iowa.




 

Russell Speeder's Car Wash at the intersection of
I-680 and Center Street in Omaha, Nebraska
is the location of this fellow.
Thanks to Bill Wellner for pointing him out.

BONUS! Click here to see a short, animated mpg as he turns on his pole!

 

 


 

 

 

 


Southeast Minnesota indeed. He's on State Highway 42 near Hastings, MN, just south of the old Ninninger settlement.

Note that Bigfoot ain't going anywhere, with that derelict combined chained to his leg.

Also, note the other sculpture Bigfoot is walking toward. It's an elephant. Both were created by

Hastings/Prescott artist Dale Lewis. Here are photos of the elephant and Mr. Lewis's signature on Bigfoot's hand.

 

 

 

The PiPress published this on 6/7/16

And this on 6/9/16

And this on 6/11/16

I wonder if 'Slim' lives near Russell Speeder now.

The fun rolls on. Are we having it yet?

Yow!

 

 


Here's a bit of local art I ran across in Le Mars, IA. See the plaque below, along with some other angles and details.

It ran in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and elsewhere across the country, on July 20, 2017.


 

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