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    Al Jaffee Tall Tales Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-7-59 (New York Herald Tribune Syndicate, 1959). Jaffee's awareness of cartoon history gives him an advantage over many other gagman-artists. His slapstick floral stunt, here, nods to pioneering animator Walter Lantz's Depression-era production of "Henrietta Hen's Trick Flowers" -- with its plant that squirts right back at the gardener's hose. The gardener is Jaffee's self-caricature, pre-dating his famous MAD self-image. The mischievous kid at right is an early version of the MAD-spinoff character whom Jaffee would call Willie Weirdie. Jaffee kept a presence in the newspaper comics even as he was establishing MAD as a long-term home base. He launched Tall Tales as a newspaper feature in 1957. The Tall aspect was implicit in the weekday gags (one narrow vertical panel), while the horizontal Sunday layout required a succession of verticals -- as seen here. Jaffee also challenged himself to avoid dialogue, with even the punchline delivered in visual terms. Ink over graphite on conjoined slabs of Bristol board, with pre-printed decorative logotype. Image area, 20.75" x 14". Minimal age-toning. Excellent condition.

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