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Catalog No. FD-12

Known as “The Quick and the Dead,” this poster is one of the most classic of the early Family Dog images, and represents the first use of a skeleton to promote the Grateful Dead. Designed by Wes Wilson, the central image is a nattily-dressed skeleton wearing a cowboy hat and smoking a cigar. The use of the skeleton on this poster predates-by several months-the use of the skeleton and roses image used on FD-26, which was designed by Mouse Studios. While the skeleton and roses theme went on to become a trademark of the Grateful Dead, this poster is very significant from a historical perspective and is in constant demand.

The original poster comes in two varieties:

Type A was printed on vellum and measures approximately 14″ x 20″; and

Type B was printed on very thin paper similar to that used on the handbills. This poster also measures approximately 14″ x 20″.

The second print poster was printed on uncoated index stock and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. It carries the notation “No. 12-2” in the lower right corner.

In addition to the two authorized printings, there are also a couple of forgeries. Anyone considering the purchase of an FD-12 would be advised to consult Eric King’s guide for help in determining the authenticity.

The original handbill was printed on thin white paper in black ink and measures approximately 5″ x 8″.

In addition, there is a deceptive forgery of the handbill that can be identified by consulting Eric King’s guide.

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FD-12

(Product#52)

Original Poster - Type 1
Condition: Very Fine +
Notes: Four tape pulls on the back and a small bit of old residue in one corner on the front. If it were not for these minor issues, this would be worth over double our asking price! Stunning!
$8,500.00
AVAILABLE

FD-12

(Product#54)

Second Print Poster
Condition: Near Mint
$85.00
AVAILABLE

FD-12

(Product#3591)

Original Art
SOLD OUT

FD-12

(Product#55)

Original Handbill
SOLD OUT
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