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    Floyd Gottfredson "Mickey Mouse Outwits the Phantom Blot" Preliminary Painting Original Art (c. 1981). Mickey cautiously peeks around the corner of the Wholesale Camera shop as the Phantom Blot slips in behind him, in this fantastic early version of artist Floyd Gottfredson's 1981 painting. It's based on the famous 1939 newspaper strip serial, which was published in comic book form as Four Color Series 1 #16. This is an early version of the work, with several differences between it and the finished painting; here, the fog is thicker, with claw-like "hands" reaching for our hero. Mickey's expression is more wide-eyed and fearful, and the Blot is just beginning to creep out of the doorway, where the final version has him much closer to grabbing Mickey. This piece is in mixed media on Bristol board, with an approximate image area of 11.5" x 9", signed in pencil in the lower right. Also includes a typed letter, presumably from Malcolm Willits to Gottfredson, with notes to guide the artist. The painting is in Excellent condition.

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