Offset lithograph (flat color and halftone), in red, yellow, blue, and black, on white coated paper
<span class="gray">Sheet:</span> 11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (28.1 x 21 cm) (front cover)<div class="div_addlDim"><span class="gray">Image:</span> 9 3/4 x 7 in. (24.8 x 17.8 cm)</div>
Classification: print (cover image)


The print and poster entries in this online catalogue follow the documentation and comments published in the authoritative book:

Mary Lee Corlett. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948–1993, 2nd ed. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 2002 (Corlett 2002). First published in 1994 (Corlett 1994). Introduction by Ruth E. Fine (Fine 1994a).

Corlett documented 311 editioned prints and posters by Lichtenstein produced from 1948 through 1997, with three works published in 1998 after the artist’s death: RLCR 4622, 4755, and 4752. Along with them, Corlett documented select posters, announcements, and other printed works in unspecified editions (totaling 76 items); these were either designed by the artist or based on the artist’s designs, or reproductions approved in collaboration with the artist. Prints not documented by Corlett (RLCR 999, 1178, 3625, 3664, 4685, 357, 4195, and 3884) were added. Reproductions are no longer included in this online catalogue, only references to them per Corlett or in added commentaries.

The individual entries’ style and structure closely follow Corlett 2002 and differ slightly from all other entries in this online catalogue except for small style changes made for consistency.

All prints or poster impressions formerly or currently in the artist’s estate were re-photographed by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation for this online publication to provide the best image quality. Impressions or objects in other collections are reproduced with the best available imagery at the time of publication. Some entries are still illustrated with the images the book provided, mostly photographs of impressions in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Illustrations of woodblocks and other print matrices, as well as print variants, such as different states (RLCR 217, St. George and the Dragon (I) [Killing the Dragon]), ink color variants (RLCR 289, Hunter with Dog), paper color variants (RLCR 269, Approaching the Castle) and teaching aides (RLCR 2871, American Indian Theme I), have been added as Research Images when mentioned in the entry and/or when discovered and available....

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Catalogue entry

Artwork: Cover Image (The Gun in America) for Time Magazine, 1968 (RLCR 1521)
RLCR 1521 (Corlett III.8; RL 3797)
Cover Image (The Gun in America) for Time Magazine
Title Source
Alternate titles and sources: The Gun in America (Cover Illustration for "Time") (Corlett); Time Magazine The Gun in America Cover (RLF)
Offset lithograph (flat color and halftone), in red, yellow, blue, and black, on white coated paper
Sheet: 11 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (28.1 x 21 cm) (front cover)
Image: 9 3/4 x 7 in. (24.8 x 17.8 cm)
Edition: unknown

Publisher: Time, Inc., New York

Printer: unknown

This image was commissioned by Time magazine for the cover of the June 21, 1968 issue.

In 1978 Time donated its collection of magazine covers to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., where the original black-line drawing on heavy paper and four color overlays on acetate can now be found.

This image was reproduced again on the cover of Time's July 6, 1998 issue, which featured a special report, "Still Under the Gun." Prior to this re-issue, it was featured in a composite of Time covers illustrated on the cover of Time's 75th anniversary issue, March 9, 1998. The anniversary issue included a gatefold that illustrated twenty-four Time cover images, including Lichtenstein's Cover Image (Bobby Kennedy) for Time Magazine (1968; RLCR 1518 [Corlett III.7]).

See also The Gun in America, 1989 (RLCR 3845 [Corlett 237]).

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Entry Updated October 10, 2023