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    Otto Messmer (signing as Pat Sullivan) - Felix the Cat Illustration Original Art (King Features Syndicate, c. late 1920s). The first animated superstar was not Mickey Mouse, but Felix the Cat, who ruled the silent-era cartoon world. The character originated as "Master Tom" in a 1919 cartoon, Musical Mews, which was produced for Paramount by Pat Sullivan's New York animation studio. By the mid-twenties, he was known as Felix. Otto Messmer had been an employee of Sullivan's, and claimed to have created Felix, although this claim has been disputed. Messmer did draw the Felix the Cat comic strip for many years, though, and regardless of who created him, Messmer's version was the definitive one. This very early ink on paper drawing is definitely in Messmer's unique style. The figure stands about 3" tall on paper measuring 9.5" x 6", with three reinforced holes along the top edge. Other than paper toning, the art is in Excellent condition.

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    21st-23rd Thursday-Saturday
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