MICKEY MOUSE FEBRUARY 27, 1931 DAILY STRIP ORIGINAL ART BY EARL DUVALL.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, June 30, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
AMONG THE FIRST EARL DUVALL MICKEY MOUSE SYNDICATE ART TO EVER COME TO AUCTION
7-5/8x29-1/8" Strathmore artboard features original pen and ink art for Feb. 27, 1931 daily strip, featuring art by early 1930s Mickey Mouse comic artist Earl Duvall. Strip is the first from the "Mickey Mouse, Boxing Champion" storyline (we sold the original art for the Feb. 26, 1931 strip in our last auction for $36,054). Strip features five panels (four w/original art), showing Mickey worrying having punched Ruffhouse Rat after he spied him admiring a picture of Minnie Mouse. Mickey learns the following day that he has knocked out the Heavy-Light-Weight Champion, who also happens to be Minnie's cousin! Mickey's phone rings and he trepidatiously answers, even though he suspects it may be the police looking for him. Minnie invites him over for "A Big Surprise." Mickey slips out and takes back alleys to avoid Ruffhouse, thinking "I Wouldn't Want To Meet The Champ Again, He'd Kill Me!" Last panel shows Minnie "introducing" Ruffhouse, who leans in and winks at a scared Mickey w/a smile on his face. Mickey appears in every art panel while Minnie and Ruffhouse only appear in last panel. Second panel has thin Walter E. Disney copyright strip paste-over and last panel bears inked date and has been signed "Walt Disney" by Duvall. Left margin has handwritten "509 B.D." notation in blue pencil w/"11" in red pencil. Back has "Then The Fun Began" (King Features Syndicate's episode title for the strip, for those newspapers that wished to give it one) written in blue pencil. Artboard has been rolled and has curl as such. Top and left/right margins show some wear w/lt. fraying to edges; not affecting art. Pin holes at top corners. Some scattered dust soiling at margins, but o/w art remains clean and Exc. From the Estate of Disney Artist Earl Duvall, known for his work on Disney comic strips in the early 1930s and for a handful of animated short films he directed at Warner Bros. Cartoons.
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