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Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes Hand-Colored Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 10-19-1986 (Universal Press Syndicate, 1986). Oh boy -- be prepared to have your world rocked by this one, Comic Art lovers!
We don't have to tell you how incredibly rare this amazing masterwork is! It is, in fact, the first time this century that a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip original is being offered at public auction! It's a well known fact that artist Bill Watterson has carefully held onto his original artwork, despite many generous offers to part with a strip. We're not kidding when we say we would have been ecstatic to have uncovered a daily example of this medium-defining comic strip to offer, but to have a beautifully hand-colored (by the artist himself) Sunday is pretty much beyond belief! It was presented by Watterson as a gift to fellow cartoonist Brian Basset, creator of the popular strips Adam@Home and Red and Rover, who cherished it for many years in his personal collection.
The art is in artist marker pens and watercolor on thin bristol board, with an image area of approximately 13" x 9", matted to an overall 18" x 15". Some of the black lines (in particular, the lettering) had very slightly faded, and there is clear plastic tape applied by Universal Press when adding positioning marks and the syndicate credit, but these hardly detract from the subtle beauty of the line art and coloring -- not to mention the playful dialog between Calvin and his faithful imaginary companion, Hobbes. We love the mention of the "drive-in classic" film, "The Blob" in the final panel. And Watterson has added a personalized inscription to his friends, Brian and Linda Basset, with a funny reference to the strip's gag line.
Needless to say, here is an extremely rare opportunity to make an original Calvin and Hobbes strip the centerpiece of your original comic art collection. We wouldn't suggest waiting for the next one to come along!

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Auction Dates
November, 2012
15th-17th
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