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    Chester Gould Dick Tracy Daily Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-13-45 (Chicago Tribune Syndicate, 1945). Gould had introduced B.O. Plenty as a bad guy, capable of treachery and violence, but the artist and his readers developed a fondness for the stinky old hillbilly -- and so much for Gould's custom of killing off his more conspicuous villains. Gradually, in the midst of Tracy's classic "Breathless Mahoney/Itchy Oliver" narrative arc, B.O. Plenty began a gradual transformation to a sympathetic eccentric. Here, while luxuriating in his newfound (stolen) wealth, Plenty becomes a target for barroom bandits. A pivotal episode from a sustained plateau of storytelling artistry for Gould. (The term B.O. was a popular euphemism for body odor, often used in advertising for deodorant products.) Ink over graphite on Bristol board with an image area of 20" x 6". A horizontal line, drawn through the bottom of every panel, served as a guide for newspapers that wished to run the strip at a shallower depth. The lightly toned board, with an adhesive-stained lettering correction at Panel 1, is in Very Good condition. From the Ray Edw Collection.

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