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Roth, Ed "Big Daddy"


Southern California artist, cartoonist, and custom-car builder; best remembered by male baby boomers as the creator of Rat Fink, a bug-eyed, fly-covered, teeth-baring comic-monster rodent, the anti-Mickey Mouse, sold in plastic model kits by Revell in the mid-'60s and printed on tens of thousands of T-shirts. Surf Fink, Surf Monster, Sidewalk Surfer, and a whole retinue of similar Roth-invented cartoon characters soon followed. Surfite, Roth's fanciful canary-yellow asymetrical surf car, buil...