Remembering the Loss of a Great and Irreplaceable Political Troubadour

Ron Cobb’s response to the death of his friend and our anti-war movement balladeer Phil Ochs, as published in the 9th
issue of the Los Angeles Vanguard on April 16, 1976. Phil caat presente!

Political cartoonist Ron Cobb memorialized Phil Ochs in April 1967

The harried and still getting-the-hang-of-things staff of the Los Angeles Vanguard were frantically pasting up the boards of the pages to deliver to the printer to put out the ninth issue of their new left-alternative weekly on time when political cartoonist Ron Cobb walked in the door looking downcast. Ron, who was there to hand us one of always extraordinary weekly cartoons that he was offering gratis to our new paper, this time also brought us the sad and tragic news that his friend Phil Ochs had died on April 9 at the age of 36. Ron had in hand a cartoon he had drawn to memorialize the awful loss.

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