Blam, 1962 by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein created Blam in 1962, and it is one of his military comic book derivatives and was one of the works presented at his first solo exhibition.

Blam is a monumental painting depicting an airplane that has been shot down in the midst of war. The plane has been flipped over from the impact of the missile. The words of the same name as the painting are in bold red color amidst the yellow, red and black of the fire. The word Blam, together with the blatant display of explosion, emphasizes the sound and force of the attack. The shadow of the pilot emerging through the escape hatch at the bottom right hand corner of the canvas leaves the viewer in suspense regarding the pilot's survival.

Lichtenstein began his war imagery efforts with single frame pictures such as Blam. Blam uses quintessential war imagery. Although the text is limited to one four-letter word, the narrative is unnecessary owing to the eminent realism presented. The canvas is loaded with images surrounding the focal figure, of the plane under attack. It is regarded, along with Takka Takka as "successful in their combination of brilliant color and narrative situation".