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    Egghead/Elmer Merchandising Illustration (Warner Brothers, c. 1939).
    This intriguing illustration, captioned "Elmer" in graphite under the art, is a bit of a "missing link" in the history of Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. In 1937, bulbous-nosed Egghead was introduced in the short Egghead Rides Again. Sporting a voice like brash radio comic Joe Penner and wearing an uncomfortable-looking high collar, green suit and red tie, and a brown derby, Egghead made several more appearances; he was, in fact, the first reoccurring Merrie Melodies character. In 1938's A Feud There Was, Egghead rides a motor scooter noted on the side as "Elmer Fudd, Peacemaker." When Arthur Q. Bryan was hired by the studio in 1939, he became the voice most closely associated with Elmer, and bit by bit, the Egghead character's appearance changed into the "wabbit" hating hunter we all know and love.
    This oddity, apparently produced as an ice cream or soda fountain ad, features a great full-color image of the character, still looking like Egghead but now officially named Elmer. The art is in gouache/watercolor and ink on a 12" x 13.5" sheet of lightweight board, standing with a spoon next to the graphite outline of an ice cream soda. The figure size is 7". The art is in Good condition with handling and edge wear, including tears and a small missing piece out of the borders (well away from the image), with several stain spots. Needless to say, it's extremely rare!

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