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    Alfred Andriola - Original Comic Strip Art for Charlie Chan Daily dated 5-4-?? (McNaught Syndicate, c.1938-42). Earl Derr Biggers' immortal oriental sleuth (modeled after a real detective in Honolulu named Chang Apana) has been a fixture of mystery novels, TV shows, movies, and comics for nearly 80 years, ever since the first part of "The House Without a Key" was published in The Saturday Evening Post on January 24, 1925. Hardcover publications by Bobbs-Merrill soon followed, and the legendary career of Charlie Chan was born. A unique (for the time) positive portrayal of a Chinese detective in an era rife with ethnic slurs and stereotypes, Chan was an instant hit. Several additional novels followed in subsequent years, with the first movie, "Charlie Chan Carries On," starring Warner Oland, released in 1931. Chan's popularity was so great that he even survived the death of his creator in 1933. Over the next 16 years, numerous Chan movies would be released, the earliest starring Oland, and later Sidney Toler and Roland Winters. Chan also had a brief newspaper comic strip career, with his feature running between 1938 and 1942. Art was provided by the talented Alfred Andriola, a former assistant to Milton Caniff on Terry and the Pirates. Jerry Weist, in his Comic Art Price Guide, Second Edition says, "Charlie Chan is very well drawn (heavy Caniff and Sickles influence) and originals are almost non-existent." The example offered here measures approximately 22.25" x 5.75" overall, and is in excellent condition. There is an inscription in the top margin which reads, "From Charlie Chan and Alfred Andriola." The title of the strip, "Don't give up the ship," is also noted. The piece is signed by the artist in the first panel.

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    April, 2004
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