The original image was created to publicize the National Cartoonists Society's Nineteenth Annual Reuben Awards dinner in 1965. The Leo Castelli Gallery used the same plates to print their limited edition print to make it a collector's item. In an interview, Lichtenstein said that this image "was supposed to be Buck Rogers architecture, or that's what it meant to me. Then, when looking at it, it began to look very thirties."
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