Within a short time, Lichtenstein was a New York art world sensation. It is from this period in the mid-1960s that most of his best-known images come: the comic book pictures. One of the surprises of the exhibition is that there are not all that many of them. They fill a large gallery under the heading “Love and War.”
Those were his basic themes at that point. There were pictures of conflict including the Tate’s own “Whaam!” (1963): an airplane exploding in a stylized fireball so dynamic it could be dubbed “pop baroque.”
Left, "Oh, Jeff... I Love You Too... But..." (1964).