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    Berke Breathed Bloom County #126A Sunday "Bill the Cat" First Appearance Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-13-82 (Washington Post Writers Group, 1982). Bill the Cat's first appearance! It's hard to believe that mangy walking hairball would eventually run for President. But he did. Created as the "anti-Garfield", he was conceived by Breathed to be a character so repulsive that he would have absolutely no merchandising potential. So of course he ends up on T-shirts, glasses, keychains, limited prints, and posters! This historic first appearance of the beloved (and slightly brain-damaged) feline was created so that some papers could publish the entire strip, and others could cut the top tier and run just the bottom two. Rendered in ink over blue pencil on Bristol board with an image area of 19.5" x 13.5". Signed in the image area. The "S.M. + Breathed" indicates that someone else lettered the strip. Their signature ink matches the lettering ink. Sadly, this ink has faded some over time. There is one paste-up text correction in the last panel. Some papers published the strip with that word changed to "Flammable". In overall Excellent condition.

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