BOB DENVER as MAYNARD G. KREBS 2018 fine art print / edition of 10 / $195
Several years before he was marooned on an "uncharted desert isle" with six other "stranded castaways" bound on a fateful "three hour tour," Bob Denver (1935–2005) portrayed Maynard G. Krebs, the preeminent TV beatnik. Krebs was a patch-bearded, jazz-loving, bongo-playing, work-averse hepcat who counterbalanced the clean-cut, hopelessly romantic title character (portrayed by Dwayne Hickman) in the sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which aired on CBS from 1959 to 1963.

Denver's character was a playful, unthreatening caricature of rebellious societal dropouts—a Kerouac for prime time. Krebs and other fictional Hollywood beats served to normalize and commodify beat culture (which would soon be passé, supplanted by hippies and psychedelia). TV viewers embraced Krebs, whose popularity and durability eclipsed every other character on the show, including Gillis, who never achieved the iconic stature of his "non-conformist" sidekick.

A question sometimes asked is what did "G" stand for? The Trivial Pursuit answer is "Walter"— Maynard's aunt. As Krebs explained, his mother "didn't spell too good."
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Only ten (10) prints of BOB DENVER as MAYNARD G. KREBS were produced for this edition. Each print is signed in the lower right, hand-titled in the center, and numbered in the lower left (all beneath the image). We have sold print numbers 1/10 thru 4/10, and are now offering print number 5/10, unframed, for $195 (plus shipping and handling). Prices for remaining prints will increase as the edition sells down.

The image area is 11" wide x 16" high on an untrimmed 13" x 19" sheet. Paper, ink, and production specifications, as well as shipping details, are available on our PRINT SPECS page.