Larry Todd

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This article is about the American illustrator. For the American press correspondent, see Laurence Todd.
Larry Todd
Born (1948-04-06) April 6, 1948 (age 68)
Buffalo, New York
Nationality American
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Notable works
Dr. Atomic

Larry Todd (born April 6, 1948) is an American illustrator and cartoonist, best known for Dr. Atomic and his other work in underground comix.


Born in Buffalo, Todd studied art at Syracuse University and then created comics for Galaxy Science Fiction.[1] He collaborated with Vaughn Bodé for a series of cover paintings for Galaxy and Warren Publishing.

Dr. Atomic[edit]

After a brief period in New York, Todd moved in 1971 to San Francisco, where he created Dr. Atomic, initially for The Sunday Paper and then as a comic book series published by Last Gasp. Comics historian Don Markstein described the character:

He first appeared in some of the transient underground newspapers of the early 1970s, where his first task was to build his robot assistant. . . . The character's back story included having been a lieutenant in the Luftwaffe in 1941, which would make him a good deal older than most of his 20-something readers. (Another clue was his bald head and thick, white beard.) Still, he had more in common with Billy Kropotkin, the dope-smoking hippie next door, than with Hank the heavily armed redneck next door on the other side. Billy and Dr. Atomic had one drug-addled sci-fi adventure after another, for six issues. The last came out in 1981. There were also T-shirts and suchlike—no lunch boxes or Underoos, of course, but one spun-off product was absolutely unique. Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier, which was published in 1974, provided instructions for a chemical process that allegedly enhanced cheap, low-quality pot. The chemicals are said by others to have been fairly dangerous if handled by non-professionals. Nonetheless, people bought a great many copies, and it is still in print.[2]

Other work[edit]

In 1972, Todd and Charles Dallas created Paranoia, with Todd illustrating Robert Silverberg's story "Passengers". George Metzger and Todd did Compost Comics in 1973.

In 1978, Last Gasp published Harlan Ellison's Chocolate Alphabet, illustrated by Todd.

Todd and Vaughn Bodé's son Mark Bodé collaborated on Cobalt 60 (1980), reprinted in 1992 by Tundra Publishing. Rip Off Press published Miami Mice, with contributions by Todd, in 1986.

In 2010, cartoonist Larry Welz wrote:


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