His paintings were said to be in the style of comic book drawings, with the object being to construct some fine art with what was considered perhaps to bea low form of art or illustration.
Preparedness is a wall sized painting, that stands at 10 feet high and 18 foot wide. In construction of the large piece, Roy Lichenstein used the Benday dot technique to convey the messages he wanted to.
The piece has three distinct sections and is actually three canvases that have been joined together. The types of paint used are oil and manga. The painting, like many others is almost in comic strip form, with very well defined shapes and borders and an informal style, whilst making use of other artists distinct styles, for example Henri Matisse. The painting also takes inspiration from a cubist style, represented in a different format.
The piece was published at quite a prominent time in recent American history, in 1968 when attitudes towards the Vietnam war were already starting to shift. Amongst other things, the depiction of soldiers and machinery which provokes thought into the relationship and perhaps corruptive nature between the military establishment and the arms companies that supply them.
This is a term coined in 1961 by president Eisenhower as the military-industrial complex. The piece also questions the act of calling a country to arms and perhaps questions whether it is always needed.
The artist himself has noted that the painting looks to question both social and political movements in the 20th century as a whole. Roy Lichenstein himself has said of the painting that it looks to show the innocent optimism of the 1930's, similar to many Works Progress Administration projects, that gathered unemployed men to undertake large scale projects, some of which were large murals, that Roy Lichenstein is said to have taken some inspiration from.