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Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

Los Angeles, California, 1966
Surfers are setting the pace right now because basically they are hotrodders.

Bill Cleary interviewed cartoonist and custom car icon Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in 1966. Roth, creator of the wildly popular bulging-eyed Rat Fink character, had just scored a novelty hit with his Surfer’s Cross pendant, which replicated a German military bravery medal. It was reported that 24,000 Surfer’s Cross units were being shipped daily to variety stores across the nation. Roth’s newest creation was a plastic copy of German Wehrmacht iron helmet. “You know,” Roth said in a Time magazine inte...