Longshoreman's Hall 10/16/65
This prohibitively rare handbill advertises the first event promoted by the Family Dog at Longshoreman’s Hall. Ellen Harmon, one of the original four partners in the Family Dog collective, was an avid reader of Marvel comic books and helped dedicate the first dance to “Dr. Strange,” Master of the Mystic Arts. The comic book theme continued through the next two dances, known as “A Tribute to Sparkle Plenty” and “A Tribute to Ming the Merciless,” both 1940s comic book characters. Alton Kelley, also an original Family Dog partner, executed the artwork for all three handbills.
The original handbill was printed on five different colors of paper; white, blue, blue-green, yellow and orange. All measure approximately 8½" x 11" and are quite rare.
- Alton Kelley