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    George Herriman - Original Comic Strip Art for Krazy Kat, dated 12-21-19 (Hearst, 1919). In all the history of comics and comic strips, a precious few creators can claim to have crossed the line from "popular art" into "fine art". Winsor McCay, certainly; Frank Frazetta, arguably; and George Herriman, definitely. An early practitioner of "word jazz", Herriman was unconstrained by the ordinary conventions of language and created a patois all his own. The influence of Herriman's semantic creativity can be seen most clearly in the strip's most honored descendant, "Pogo", by Walt Kelly, who adopted the linguistic freedom of "Krazy Kat" to great effect. To "Kat" afficionados, "brick" strips, or those strips that show Ignatz hurling a brick at the lovestruck Krazy, are certainly the most desirable. This strip has a satisfying "brick" ending, as well as appearances by most of the regular cast, including Joe Stork, Offisa Bull Pup and others. A wonderful piece of art, the page measures approximately 16.25" x 18.25" overall, and is signed by the artist in the lower center.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2004
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 24
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