DICK TRACY 1931 DAILY STRIP ORIGINAL ART BY CHESTER GOULD FROM FIRST YEAR OF STRIP.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
7.25x23" artboard w/India ink original art from first year of Chester Gould's famed detective comic strip (which debuted Oct. 4, 1931), art offered here is for Nov. 18, 1931 daily strip and features four panels; showing Dick Tracy comforting Tess Trueheart and her mother at Tracy's home. This sequence took place upon Tracy's rescue of Tess after she was kidnapped by Big Boy Caprice's men (during which they robbed and shot her father, Emil Trueheart). Tracy appears in all four panels, donning his trademark hat in last panel as he mentions needing to see the Chief. Tess appears in all but third panel. First panel has been dated and bears News Syndicate Co. Inc. copyright strip. Gould (1900-1985) has signed last panel. Gould has also inscribed art along bottom margin, which reads "To Seymour Rothman - Yours Truly - Chester Gould." Tiny surface paper flake below Gould's signature, not distracting. Inked date at upper left corner. Artboard is evenly aged w/some scattered dust soiling. Pin holes at corners w/some thumbtack oxidation marks. Artboard is Fine overall but art remains clean and VF. Would make for nice matted and framed display. Among the earliest examples of Dick Tracy daily strip original art to come to auction, only one other earlier example has sold at auction (from Nov. 17, 1931, the day before this daily), back in 2012. This art has been held in a private collection for decades and is fresh to the market. A visually striking and historically important piece of Dick Tracy syndicate art.
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