Wally Wood, Disney Memorial Orgy, 1967
This Illustration by the one-time MAD magazine comic artist, Wally Wood, first appeared in the radical left-wing magazine, The Realist, the year of Walt Disney’s death in 1967. Disney was an obvious target for scorn from the left as he had been very active in promoting his conservative agenda by dictating “family values” at his theme park and enthusiastically participated in the notorious House Committee for Un-American Activities in 1947, which resulted in 300 artists being blacklisted in Hollywood for their “Communist Sympathies.” Wood’s illustration eventually became a poster and was a very popular item sold in Head Shops across the country. The Disney Corporation originally ignored the picture even though they believed it violated their copyright because they did not want to inadvertently promote the publisher any way. As the poster grew in popularity it became necessary for Disney to try and shut the production down, but this proved difficult because it was being printed in secret. Eventually Disney went to the extraordinary length of opening their own Head Shop just so they could lure the publishers into revealing their identity.