DescriptionWalt Kelly Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #45 Cover Original Art (Dell, 1944). This incredible cover, starring Donald Duck with Snow White's Doc and Dopey, has been a fan-favorite for years. It's an unusually sharp and detailed piece for a typical Kelly cover (who began his run of WDC&S covers with #34), but on close inspection, the tell-tale signs of his work are evident in the inking, notably in the furniture shading and window grating.
Finding such an early piece of Disney cover art, let alone a Walt Kelly masterpiece, is astounding in itself, as Western Printing (Dell) was notorious for destroying artwork after publication.
Rendered in ink, graphite, and blue pencil on bristol this art has an image area of approximately 14" x 19", and it includes the original logo stat. With only a few small stains, light soiling, and a few tiny red ink marks, the overall condition of the cover is Very Good. Still, this beautiful piece of comic art would easily be the highlight of just about any Disney or Kelly collection.
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