Roger Price

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Roger Price's droodle on the cover of Zappa's "Ship Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch"

Roger Price (March 6, 1918 - October 31, 1990) was an American comedian, illustrator, publisher and author. He and Leonard Stern wrote for Steve Allen's TV show in the early 1960's. Price is best known for his Droodles, which he started in 1953.

Zappa asked Price special permission to use one of his droodles as the cover and title of his album Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch (1982).


CA: "I've noticed that … ah … you've got a credit here for droodles, copyright 1953."

FZ: "Yeah, the illustration on the cover, yeah."

CA: "Oh, is it this old things like on party napkins?"

FZ: "Right, yeah!"

CA: "Really, droodles!" [laughs]

FZ: "Yeah, I remembered that one, that one was my favorite droodle of all time, is that one right there. And, and I went on a search to find Roger Price, the guy who did those things and found out that he lived in the San Fernando Valley and works for a publishing company down there and … ah … licensed the right to use that droodle on the cover. That's the original droodle!" [1]


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