DescriptionMort Drucker - Preliminary Artwork for Time Cover Original Art (1972). It was certainly big news when, in 1972, President Nixon traveled to China to meet with Chairman Mao. In comic art circles, it was no less an event when Mad artist Mort Drucker received the plum assignment to capture these world leader's likenesses for the cover of Time. Here is Drucker's original pencil preliminary sketch, plus a set of nine progressive color proofs of the final printed version. The sketch is on a large, 11" x 16" piece of heavy paper, and has a few extra details that didn't make the final cut. A piece of tissue overlay with some color notes about the books each man is holding is attached to the drawing. A small corner has been torn off the page; this does not affect the image area, and could be covered by a matted frame. Other than this small flaw, the art is in Excellent condition. This groundbreaking cover was a real highlight in Drucker's long career, and a piece that will be well remembered for generations to come!
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