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    "The Art of Mike Maltese and Looney Tunes" Publicity Concept Drawings Group of 15 (Warner Brothers, c. 1950s). Starting at Schlesinger Studios in the days of Termite Terrace, writer Mike Maltese worked for a variety of directors such as Tex Avery and Friz Freleng before settling into Chuck Jones animation unit in 1948. Over the following decade the team of Maltese and Jones produced some of the greatest classic cartoons to come out of Warner Brothers studio. In this lot are sketches by Mike Maltese given to animator Willie Ito as concepts and references for lobby cards and publicity art. Willie Ito also worked in the Jones unit and was given the opportunity to illustrate publicity art for the theatrical shorts it produced. Offered here are original sketches by Mike Maltese (1908 -- 1981) for seven theatrical shorts that he wrote. Titles include , Arabian Nights (1959), Baton Bunny (1959), Wild About Hurry (1959), Hip, Hip, Hurry (1958), To Itch His Own (1958), Wide Wabbit (1956), and Cat Feud (1958). All are rendered in graphite on 12 field 2-peghole paper. It's an incredible collection of original one-of-a-kind Mike Maltese art from cartoons he wrote in collaboration with Chuck Jones. All drawings show light handling and condition is Very Good. From the Willie Ito Collection.

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