Isn't Salisbury Snake a great title? It's a clever play on words. It's got a certain panache. It sounds like a codeword, like an espionage thing, but it's just playing around with that- could you see James Bond eating a Swanson Salisbury Steak (Shaped Patty)(TM) from a tray that just came out of a microwave? Kind of funny. What does it mean? It's intriguing. Best of all- it's memorable.
This might read like egotistical bragging, but I'll say it's not. Because I didn't make "Salisbury Snake" up. I drive this Cadillac like I stole it, because that's exactly what happened. Years ago somebody posted a comment on a video or article or something I came across, thought it was clever, filed it away in my brain. I thought up other names that I could slap on this thing, but ironically, everything I came up with on my own had already been done by someone who thought of it first (my compliments particularly to cultureshark) and nobody was doing anything with Salisbury Snake, so...If the original is reading this, send me a note and I'll cut you in on my profits. So far I'm $0.00.
One guy who ripped shit off and didn't pay anybody a dime was Roy Lichtenstein, famous fancyass Pop Artist. Made millions selling and promoting enlarged, crude, simplified versions of comic book panels that he shamelessly copied. I might be reaching or somewhat blinded because this kind of thing tends to piss me off, but I would venture to guess that most of the people who bought this guy's work looked down on comic books and would never begin to think of them as "art" at all, highbrow or lowbrow. To make matters this much worse, a great portion of the artists he stole from never got credited for the comics they did in the first place. A guy named David Barsalou has a great website on the matter. One of the panels I've chosen to show here (I could've chosen from a great many that are much more disgraceful, unfortunately) was ripped from Jack Kirby, one of the greatest comics artists of all time. Of course, there's also the irony of the "Image Duplicator" line.
Say, is that Little Richard? Nope. That's Esquerita. Richard got to the recording studio first, but this ballsy cat was going around bars and juke joints down south doing that act which, it's said, was witnessed by producer extraordinaire Bumps Blackwell who crafted Richard's style that shot to the top of the pops. In fairness, I like Little Richard better, and he and Esquerita were pals.
So here's hoping this site is more of a Little Richard than a Lichtenstein.