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MY POP

Dave Muller

In the mid-1970s I started collecting comic books. Eventually I began to acquire older Marvel comics from the mid-1960s, many of which had “POP ART” printed in the logo box in the upper left-hand corner. It seems, in retrospect, that Marvel was trying to take credit for—and simultaneously exploit—the Pop phenomenon. That would have been my first exposure to the term “Pop art.” Growing up in 1970s suburban Northern California was almost like growing up with a blindfold to high culture. Consumer culture was present, of course, in droves. I watched a lot of television back then, but everything in black and white. This leveled the playing field in a temporal sense: Even though Star Trek was set in the future, Abbott & Costello in the past, and Gilligan’s Island in the present, they all looked the same on my little B & W screen. Once I saw the actor who played Stymie in the Little Rascals as

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