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    Felix the Cat Illustrations by Otto Messmer and Joe Oriolo (c. 1970s-80s). Everyone knows Felix the Cat but few know his complex origins. Australian cartoonist Pat Sullivan (1885 - 1933) claimed during his lifetime to be Felix's creator and American animator Otto Messmer (1892 - 1983), has also been credited as such. Felix also starred in a comic strip beginning in 1923, drawn by Messmer, and later Joe Oriolo (1913 - 1983). This lot contains a pair of Felix images from the estate of The First Lady of Animation June Foray (1917 - 2017). The first is a hand-inked drawing of Felix dedicated to June Foray and signed Otto Messmer. It is framed with a smaller handwritten note that reads, "To June Foray -- A Belated Thank You -- Otto Messmer." Both are together in a 16" x 9" frame. The second piece is a black and white print of Felix and his Magic Bag that had been personally dedicated to June Foray and signed Joe Oriolo 8/21/82. It is in a 16" x 13" frame with a mat opening of 10.5" x 8". Condition is Very Good. From the June Foray Collection.

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    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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