The American Pop Art movement was heavily influenced by the comic style. The Pop Art movement began gathering momentum around the late 1950s. It is unsurprising then that the Pop Art movement drew heavily on comic style as comics rose in popularity in the 1960s. Relying on popular culture, some elements of the Pop Art movement drew on comic style in order to exaggerate and make a statement.
Different methods were used in order to create this “comic” style. First, it was largely exaggerated. In Roy Lichtenstein’s Look Mickey!, only primary colors are used. The original comics strip that Look Mickey! is based off of, on the other hand, uses a full range of colors and has subtle blending. Lichtenstein’s painting has no shadows, no blending apart from the ben-day dots on Mickey’s face and perhaps Donald’s eyes. These ben-day dots are commonly employed to create subtle colors differences in comics. But due to the lack of shading in all other parts of the painting, the ben-day dots stand out much more. There is also the addition of text in the upper left corner in a speech bubble, a trademark of comics, serves to increase the tension (and the humor) between the two subjects. The font is all in capitals, and “Look” and “Big” are bolded. These two words may also serve to draw attention. Also remarkable is that it is based on an extremely well-known comic. It manages to exaggerate the dimensions of the original, and even though it is a painting, it adheres more to the stereotypical style of comics.
The use of ben-day dots may also be more extremely exaggerated, where the whites between the dots are more apparent and the original meaning to shade is stripped, as in the following depiction by Lichtenstein. It seems more like an enlargement of a figure from a comic strip rather than a separate portrait. Nevertheless, it still manages to retain the distinction between Pop Art rather than Comic Art. It seems that Pop Art seemed often to exaggerate elements of popular culture and items of everyday use, and therefore both mocking them while buying into its very popularity. While Lichtenstein’s Look Mickey! is a painting, it is more comical than the comic, playing with the irony on the difference between comics and art. Although this style has become less popular, it remains an undeniable portrayal of the influence of comics upon other mediums.