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    Dan DeCarlo Willie Lumpkin #15 and Other Daily Comic Strip Original Art Group of 3 dated 12-23-59 (Publisher's Syndicate, 1959). Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo's obscure treasure! This was only episode #15 of this wonderful hidden-gem of Marvel Comics' lore! The Willie Lumpkin comic strip series was created by Stan Lee and Dan DeCarlo, and Stan Lee was the writer. When Willie Lumpkin was introduced as the mailman for the Baxter Building in Fantastic Four #11 in 1963. Stan Lee would even play Willie Lumpkin in a cameo role of the 2005 Fantastic Four movie. But wait! There's more... You see, before they created Willie Lumpkin, Stan Lee had first created Barney's Beat. It was about a New York City cop and the wacky denizens of his district. DeCarlo worked up some samples that they shopped around. Also included in this very group is one of those sample strips. Note the "Lumpkin's Butcher Shop" window. That's where Willie would soon get his name! Barney's Beat was not picked up, as people in rural areas may not identify with a big city cop. Both of these strips were an experiment in using a single long panel instead of multiple panels. Around this same time, DeCarlo created a strip of his own title Buzz and Bunny. He shopped it around, but it was not picked up either. There is a wonderful example of that strip as well. This concept was eventually repackaged into Josie and sold to Archie Comics as a comic book series. These three historic strips were created in ink (some with Zipatone) over graphite on Bristol board. Buzz and Bunny has an image area of 20" x 6.5". The other two are 15.75" x 5". There are some stains and handling wear on each. There is missing Zipatone on the Willie Lumpkin strip. They are in Very Good condition with great eye-appeal.

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