"Whaam!" (1963) is a painting by
Pop Artartist Roy Lichtenstein. It is widely regarded as one of his finest and notable works. It follows the comic strip-based themes of some of his past paintings.
The painting, a
diptych, is large in scale, measuring 1.7 x 4.0 m (5 ft 7 in x 13 ft 4 in).
One of the earliest known examples of
pop art, "Whaam!"' adapted a comic-bookpanel from a 1962 issue of DC Comics' " All-American Men of War".cite web
accessdate=2008-01-27] The painting depicts a fighter aircraft firing a rocket into an enemy plane, with a red-and-yellow explosion. The cartoon style is heightened by the use of the onomatopoeic lettering "
Whaam!" and the yellow-boxed caption with black lettering, "I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky..."
The painting is currently in the
Tate Modernin London, England.
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