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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.

Original Poster

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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!



Second Print Poster
Condition: Near Mint



Original Art



Original Handbill
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