If tea, scones and driving on the left side is all you can think of when Great Britain comes to mind, there's only on thing to say to you: "Bloody hell!" Her Majesty's Kingdom has provided Europe with shocking developements ever since the end of World War II – way before the US did. Just think of the Beatles, the Stones or Punk. In the mid 1950s a London based group of artists calling themselves "The Independent Group" started to challenge the views on fine art by turning well known images and found objects of mass advertisement, film, product design, comic books, technical developments and science fiction into art. This started a movement where the attention no longer focussed on the work of art but – like in dadaism – on the circumstances influencing its creation. Only in the late 50s American artists followed this example, also using all kinds of industrial means of reproduction to mulitply their pop art works. And although this movement started out in England, the American art industry found a rather ingenious way of making it their own, commercializing it succcessfully. Who, after all, will remeber Eduardo Paolozzi's collages from his Bunk! series? Being one of the 1952 co-founders of the pop art movement, his may be seen as some of the earliest works in this new art genre which in the US reached its peak in the 60s. Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg are just as important as Roy Lichtenstein, who made publicity mostly through his oil paintings copying comic strips. Drowning Girl (1963) for example was taken from DC's "Secret Hearts #83". Andy Warhol may be the best known pop artist ever, turning a movement into a lifestyle. His famous prints of Campbell's Tomato Soup, Coca Cola or Marylin Monroe are seen on all kinds of merchandise even today. That he also tried out superman, is less publicly known. From the 70s to the 90s other artists like Siegmar Polke, Keith Haring, Raymond Pettibone or Mike Kelley followed and entered the walhalla of art museums all over the world. In 2004 Staatsgalerie Stuttgart dedicated an exhibition to "Cartoons & Comics in Contemporary Art", documented in their catalogue "Funny Cuts".