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    Winsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 9-6-08 (New York Herald, 1908).
    We have sold only four complete Little Nemo Sundays that are older than this one. The consignor, Garry Trudeau, is acknowledged as one of the earliest and most passionate collectors of Winsor McCay art. His collection consists of several of the finest known examples. This outstanding page has been widely exhibited at institutions around the world. Winsor McCay is one of the most influential comic strip creators of the Platinum Age. In addition to Little Nemo, he created Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, was a prolific editorial cartoonist, and pioneered the entire animation industry with his short feature Gertie the Dinosaur. The classic format for this iconic strip features Nemo in a fanciful situation that gets more and more outlandish as the strip goes on, only to suddenly end when he awakes (usually by falling out of bed) from his dream. In this Sunday, by cleverly using the locomotive engine as a "stationary" item, and changing the surrounding location from panel to panel, McCay drags the viewer along on the chaotic trip as if they were part of the adventure. It is scarce to find a Nemo with such dramatic content The art clearly demonstrates McCay's genius when it came to perspective and deft line. As he was the first cartoonist to take the final coloring into consideration, he rarely used heavy contrast as in this example. This is considered a visual masterpiece and one of the most important examples from the genre, to ever be offered. A big beautiful example of the form, it was created in ink over graphite on two pieces of Bristol board with a combined image area of 21.5" x 27.75". Signed in the lower right of the bottom board. There are some minor whiteout and paste-up art corrections in places on the toned boards. There are pinholes in the margins, with edge and corner wear. Matted to 30.5" x 37.25". In Very Good condition. From the Garry Trudeau Collection.


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    5th-8th Thursday-Sunday
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