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    Gus Mager (as Watso) Hawkshaw the Detective in "The Super-Ray Formula" Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 11-15-36 (United Feature Syndicate, 1936). A mad scientist prepares to peddle his gem-liquefying formula to the criminal underworld. The inventor's housemaid goes about her chores, seemingly oblivious. Business as usual for Mager's long-running spoof of the Sherlock Holmes canon. Mager calls inventor Orloff -- a nod to actor Boris Karloff, who in 1936 had begun a long series of mad-doctor pictures, with Juggernaut and The Man Who Lived Again. The byline, Watso, also is the name of Hawkshaw's assistant. Mager used the transparent alias to sort-of disguise his moonlighting while under contract to a rival syndicate. Hawkshaw served as an accompanying strip for The Captain and the Kids. Ink over graphite on Bristol board. Dimensions, 20.5" x 13.5". The corners and margins show staining and scuffing; otherwise, the age-toned art is in Very Good condition. From the Jack Kent Collection.

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