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    Michael H. Price as Erich von Strohmiller Nancy Comic-Strip Audition Original Art (Cremo Studios, 1995). Nancy Ritz pulls a Sunset Blvd. stunt on Sluggo Smith -- to the detriment of his camera. This strange riff on a classic came about when Price and a few others were invited to audition for United Features' Nancy. Interim artist Jerry Scott had moved along to launch such features as Baby Blues and Zits. Price proposed a nod to original creator Ernie Bushmiller's style, with something of an Underground Comix attitude. "Too edgy," said the Syndicate Suits, whereupon Price made his subsequent samples ever edgier. The signature, "Erich von Stroheim," is a goof on the names of Bushmiller and actor Erich von Stroheim (of Sunset Blvd.). Signed at upper margin. (Also auditioning were Underground Comix pioneer Gary Hallgren and neo-Underground gagman Ivan Brunetti. The assignment eventually went to Guy and Brad Gilchrist.) Ink and white-paint highlights over blue pencil on REGCO LGL-brand Bristol board. Image area, 16" x 5.25". Faint toning. Excellent condition.

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