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    Bud Fisher Mutt and Jeff Daily Comic Strip World War I Original Art dated 5-8-17 (H.C. Fisher, 1917). Fisher had launched this pioneering smart-aleck buddy feature as A. Mutt in 1907, lifting the character, lanky Augustus Mutt, from his sports cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle. Fisher's horizontal multi-panel layout (perhaps building on a tentative idea by Clare Briggs) created the first sequential gag comic to achieve success as a lasting influence. This wartime specimen finds goofballs Mutt and Jeff playing submarine chasers. Jeff puts the pun in the punchline. Mutt's response (falling backwards) is an early use of a classic gag-comic effect, sometimes known as a "PLOP!" Ink over graphite with blue-pencil shading on Bristol board. Image area, 28" x 8". Clean, with marginal toning and handling wear. Excellent condition.

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