EARLY & HISTORIC MICKEY MOUSE 1930 DAILY STRIP ORIGINAL ART BY FLOYD GOTTFREDSON & HARDIE GRAMATKY.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, November 3, 2021 9:00:00 PM)
AMONG THE EARLIEST FLOYD GOTTFREDSON MICKEY MOUSE SYNDICATE ART TO EVER COME TO AUCTION
Approx. 7.5x29" Strathmore artboard features original pen and ink art for Nov. 1, 1930 daily strip, featuring pencils by longtime Mickey Mouse comic artist Floyd Gottfredson (whose tenure w/the strip began on May 5, 1930 and lasted until his retirement in 1975) w/inks by Gottfredson and Hardie Gramatky (Disney artist/animator who later created Little Toot and other famous children's books, as well as becoming a renowned watercolor painter). Strip is from the "Mr. Slicker And The Egg Robbers" storyline (the third major story arc of the comic strip and the first written completely by Gottfredson) and features four panels, showing Marcus Mouse - Minnie Mouse's father - being visited by representatives of lumber and farm equipment businesses who ask about overdue payment. Marcus informs them that his chickens have stopped laying eggs and he hasn't a cent. Third panels show women (including Clarabelle Cow) gossiping about the financial difficulties, w/duck commenting on Minnie's suitor Mr. Slicker and a pig suggests that someone could be stealing the eggs. Little do they know that Mr. Slicker is behind it all. Last panel shows "Gloom" as a weeping, devilish-looking figure looming over the head of downtrodden Marcus Mouse. Last panel has been signed "Walt Disney" by Gottfredson. Second panel has thin Walter E. Disney copyright strip paste-over and inked date. Back has "The 'Shell' Game?" (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. Left/right margins show moderate wear w/some fraying to edges; not affecting art. Pin holes at top corners. Scattered dust soiling to margins as well as a few scattered spots of faint soiling to art, most noticeable in first panel. Fine overall, but art still displays well and would look nice framed. The example offered here is among the earliest Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse syndicate art to ever come to auction. Important and historic Mickey Mouse comic art. 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. This and the following two lots in this auction are the final three from the Duvall Estate.
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