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NO. 790 - PART 2 OF 9
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DBB790/Part 2 of 9: BIG DADDY ROTH magazine

RAT FINK, inspired by the work of Stanley "Mouse" Miller, refined by Don "Monte" Monteverde, and popularized by Ed "Big Daddy Rith -- had hit the big time! The obnoxious little rodent struck a chord with America's youth, and practically overnight RF became a sensation. He became a cultural phenomena that embodied the outlaw biker spirit, and he defined the Swingin' Sixties! This issue of DIAL B, we're going to show you what Finkie hath rought.

It started in Pete Miller's CAR-Toons magazine, which lead to Miller dedicating a title exclusively to Roth. In the photo above, Big Dadddy strikes a hysterical pose while reading a comic strip starring himself, while Pete Miller pretends to be sketching Roth for a portrait.

On the cover below, from January 1967, Roth works "magic."

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BELOW: In this cartoon, Roth draws a line between mice and rats -- a not-so-subtle dig at Stanley Mouse and HIS trademark character.
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Pete Miller presents Big Daddy Roth #1, November 1964.
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The magazine was a mice of articles about cars and comic-style stories that inserted Big Daddy in all the popular television shows of the time, starting, of course, with BATMAN! Here's the whole four-page story of BATTMAN with RIBBON The Wonder.
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This issue also had the Knights of the Round Table spoof "Big Galahad Daddy," with art by the great Russ Manning, illustrator of many a Tarzan adventure.
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Second issue -- just in time for Christmas! But Big Daddy's wish list is so crazy, it has a worried Santa calling for a cop holding a straight-jacket!
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From this issue, two pages by ALEX TOTH!
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BELOW: From a second story in this issue also by Alex Toth, a beautiful portrait of Big Daddy Roth by Big Fatty Toth!
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The cover of issue #3 featured the Surfite! More on this later.
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This issue featured THE SURFITE. We'll cover this car in depth later this issue. For now, Meet the gang at Roth's, in an ad illustrated by Steve Fiorilla...
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Big Daddy Fan Club ad.
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On the cover of the 4th and (sadly) final issue, Big Daddy made it all the way to the moon, courtesy of artist Pete Miller!
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This issue has a "Man from U.N.C.L.E." parody -- "The Man from F.E.R.N." -- with art by Dennis Ellefson, starring "Napoleon Zulu" and "Ima Boobimski."
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Big Daddy gets the Lone Ranger treatment in "The Lone Roth" -- art by Dennis Ellefson.
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Article on Big Daddy's life, "The Roth Story."
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ABOVE: Roth and what is perhaps the wildest Table of Contents/Masthead page ever seen, from CAR CRAFT magazine!
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Ed's writing wasn't limited to magazines. He also wrote several books, including CAR CUSTOMIZING (pictured above), which he co-authored with off-road racing celebrity Mickey Thompson. Roth and Thompson are pictured in the publicity photo below, pretending to examine proofs for the book.
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Another book, Hot Rod Ideas, featuring but not written by Big Daddy.
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Ed Big Daddy Roth's Monster Coloring Book!
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BELOW: Back cover of Big Daddy Roth #1
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NEXT: PART 3 of 9: THE SENSATIONAL SURFITE!
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