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Personal Facts

  • Born: Hunter Stockton Thompson in Louisville, KY on February 18, 1937
  • Died: February 20, 2005 in Woody Creek, CO.

Synopsis

Thompson started the journalistic style called Gonzo journalism, subsequently beginning the 1960’s movement New Journalism which included authors such as Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Truman Capote and George Plimpton.

Kudos

  • Author Tom Wolfe has called Thompson the greatest American comic writer of the 20th century.
  • The 2006 documentary film Fuck, which features Hunter S Thompson commenting on the usage of that word, is dedicated to his memory.
  • Thompson appeared on the cover of the 1,000th issue of Rolling Stone (May 18 – June 1, 2006) as a devil playing the guitar next to the two “L”‘s in the word “Rolling”. Johnny Depp also appeared on the cover.
  • The Thompson-inspired character Uncle Duke appears on a recurring basis in Doonesbury, the daily newspaper comic strip by Garry Trudeau. When the character was first introduced, Thompson protested, quoted in an interview as saying that he would set Trudeau on fire if the two ever met, although it was reported that he liked the character in later years. Between March 7, 2005 (roughly two weeks after Thompson’s suicide) and March 12, 2005, Doonesbury ran a tribute to Hunter, with Uncle Duke lamenting the death of the man he called his “inspiration.” The first of these strips featured a panel with artwork similar to that of Ralph Steadman, and later strips featured various non sequiturs (with Duke variously transforming into a monster, melting, shrinking to the size of an empty drinking glass, or people around him turning into animals) which seemed to mirror some of the effects of hallucinogenic drugs described in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
  • Besides Uncle Duke, Thompson served as the inspiration for two other comic strip characters. Underground comix creator turned animation/cartooning historian Scott Shaw! used an anthropomorphic dog named “Pointer X. Toxin” in a number of his works. Matt Howarth has created a number of comic books in his “Bugtown” universe with a Thompson-inspired character named “Monseiuer Boche”, as well as a musician named “Savage Henry”, the name of a drug dealer (or “scag baron”) mentioned in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas.
  • Spider Jerusalem, the gonzo journalist protagonist of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan, is largely based on Thompson.
  • Adult Swim’s animated series The Venture Bros. featured a character named Hunter Gathers (who looks and acts much like Thompson) leading the clandestine organization S.P.H.I.N.X. as it targets “rogue supervillains”
  • Flying Dog Brewery is a self-proclaimed “gonzo brewery” started by Hunter’s long time friend and neighbor George Stranahan. Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter is a tribute to Hunter. All the bottle labels are designed by Ralph Steadman.
  • Los Angeles based indie rock band Fat City Reprise’s name is a tribute to Thompson’s failed bid for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado in 1970.
  • American heavy metal band Avenged Sevenfold wrote their song Bat Country in tribute to Thompson. It was featured on their 2005 album City of Evil and uses the quote “He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man”.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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