"Sammy liked to tell a story about a hungry young artist named Roy Lichtenstein who had once wondered into his office at Pharaoh looking for a job."

Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997) was a prominent American pop artist, who favoured old-fashioned comic strips as subject matter.  The cartoon style focus was prominent in his paintings between 1961 and 1965.  These paintings used cartoon images and techniques derived from the appearance of commercial printing. His first work to feature the large-scale use of hard-edged figures and Benday dots was Look Mickey (1961), apparently in response to a challenge from one of his sons to paint something as good as the pictures in a Mickey Mouse comic book.  1950s and 1960s pulp comic books used Benday dots in the four process colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black) to inexpensively create shading and secondary colors such as green, purple, orange and flesh tones.  During 1961, Lichtenstein produced six other works with recognizable characters from gum wrappers and cartoons. His best known works include Drowning Girl (1963), drawing on the lead story in DC Comics Secret Hearts #83, and Whaam! (1963), which adapted a comic book panel from a 1962 issue of DC Comics’ All American Men of War.’