There are hardcore art world people who think he [Lichtenstein] was the greatest thing and that these guys weren’t real artists. If these guys were so bad, why was Lichtenstein copying them? And he really got lazy, by 1963-64 he was taking the image, tracing it, sticking it in a projector and painting it. And when that painting sells for millions of dollars, it just really bothers me that nothing is given to the original artists.
I don’t think a lot of people know he directly copied his paintings from comic panels. I know I for a long time though he was creating original work that merely emulated comic book styles in paint. But every single painting he did was a copy, and he is held in higher esteem than the artists he copied from.