Late American artist Roy Lichtenstein The late American artist Roy Lichtenstein. He was one of the inventors of pop art in the 1960s, finding inspiration for his paintings in comic books and advertisments. Lichtenstein's work often replicates the heavy black outlines, bright colors and dots of a color comic strip found in a newspaper. Called by one critic the "supreme virtuoso of pop," his work is filled with constant references to high and low arts as well as to his own work. Lichtenstein died September 29, 1997. There's a new book about his work, Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997. This interview fist aired November 8, 1993.