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The Demented Dr. Runcible

Photographic Prints

Small (8.0" x 8.1")


San Diego, United States

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Small 8.0" x 8.1"
Medium 12.0" x 12.1"
Large 16.0" x 16.2"
X large 20.0" x 20.2"


  • Superior quality silver halide prints
  • Archival quality Kodak Endura paper
  • Lustre: Professional photo paper with a fine grain pebble texture
  • Metallic: Glossy finish and metallic appearance to create images with exceptional visual interest and depth


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Artist's Description

A childhood spent in a drafty Austrian castle probably was not the cause of Wolfgang Runcible’s difficulties, but it certainly did not help matters much. His remote and reserved father took his compulsive childhood dissections of frogs and small insects as an indication that medical school might be in order for the young Wolfgang. But biology was not what interested the boy; he was in search of the creatures’ souls. Although he breezed through his rigorous courses in his Viennese medical school, he remained most fascinated with the workings of the mind. He was forever hatching farfetched theories about the origins of mental difficulties that made him the laughingstock of his older classmates. “Ego? Id? Where does he come up with this stuff?” muttered Herr Jung. “I don’t know, but it sounds like a load of crap to me”, replied Sigmund.

Utterly defeated and desperate, he turned his attention to the formulation of potions that might provide some relief for those suffering from the conditions with which he could so closely identify. Following the close specifications of the voices in his head, he came up with his Sugar-Coated Catharsis Pills. “Best to start with an animal trial”, said the voices, reasonably. Despite the fact that the pills had some unusual and unexpected effects on his cat, Umlaut, Wolfgang decided that he would never truly know unless he tried his concoction himself. As you can see the results were rather startling and necessitated radical alterations to most of Runcible’s headwear. Nothing if not persistent, he graduated medical school at the top of his class and managed to obtain a license to practice medicine, but his unsettling appearance tended to exacerbate the condition of his patients. Nonetheless, he convinced his by then elderly and feeble-minded father to let him convert the castle into an asylum and that is how Doctor Runcible came to administer one of Europe’s most notorious institutions. “Lunatic” is such a harsh term, but then again there are those who would say that if the straightjacket fits…

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright to this material is in no way transferrable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!

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