December 21, 2004 | Posted in Editorial Features by
Here's your chance to own a piece of art/porn history: the original printing plate for legendary illustrator and comic artist Wally Wood's "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" went up for sale on eBay this week. Wood, an EC Comics artist and one of the original illustators for Mad Magazine, produced the work in 1967 for The Realist, Paul Krassner's seminal counterculture journal; Disney chose not to sue Wood for his depiction of dozens of its signature characters in naughty (though not explicit) positions, but a subsequent bootleg poster edition of the image prompted Disney to file a lawsuit, which was later settled out of court. If you're wondering what you can buy us this Christmas to show us how much you care (hey, it's only $1,500, at least as of the time of this post), we couldn't think of a better piece of art to help fill up all that empty wall space here at Fleshbot Central.
"X RATED VERY RARE ORIGINAL WALLY WOOD THE REALIST" (eBay, via Metafilter)
"Disneyland Memorial Orgy" (illegal-art.org)
Wallace (Wally) Wood (bio @ lambiek.net)
Previously: Hardcore Toons
Update We'd also take a copy of the issue of The Realist in which the illustration first appeared—there just happens to be one of those for sale on eBay now too. Thanks for the tip, Tom.
Update Reader CH writes in to tell us that prints of "Disneyland Memorial Orgy" are available for $10 on Paul Krassner's website, which also contains a testimonial about the image written by a fan who first encountered it when he was in the third grade: "The poster was Krassner
s satirical commentary on the death of God, with Walt Disney as the Creator whose death frees his creation to, as Krassner puts it, 'finally shed their cumulative inhibitions and participate in a Roman binge, signifying the crumbling of an empire.'
That was all lost on me, though. At the time I was more concerned with Tinkerbell
s striptease than with any existential questions the poster may have raised.
Even so, I never saw the Magic Kingdom quite the same way again."