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    Winsor McCay - Little Nemo in Slumberland (Featuring the First Appearance of Flip) Partial Sunday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 3-4-06 (New York Herald, 1906). The debut of Flip is showcased in this astonishing offering! John Canemaker best described the character Flip in Winsor McCay His Life and Art: "Flip a green-faced clown who chews a large cigar, wears a top hat labeled 'Wake Up' and is a 'bad and brazen brat (the opposite of Nemo), and an outcast of the Dawn family, arch enemies to Slumberland and its people.' McCay's son, Robert, once said Flip was based on Tiny Philips, a tough newsboy midget his father knew in Cincinnati, a fellow who smoked big cigars and dressed in oversized uniforms given to him by the local fireman. Another source recalled McCay saying Flip was derived from seeing a 'rotund black man with a greenish cast to his face' smoking a cigar on a Brooklyn street." The hobo-like rogue, Flip, was Nemo's foil, a clown-faced prankster with a Brooklyn accent who created trouble wherever the two traveled. In the early strips, Flip often played the spoiler, and summoned his uncle, the Dawn, to dissolve Dreamland when things weren't going his way. As a result, Flip delayed the first face-to-face meeting between Nemo and the Princess of Slumberland until July 8, 1906 (nearly nine months after the strip began). For artistic quality and imagination, few strips, if any, can equal McCay's Little Nemo in Slumberland. This mind-boggling Sunday, showing Nemo's first encounter with Flip, is typical of McCay's brilliant draftsmanship on the feature. This sequence spotlights McCay's mastery of perspective, and also at capturing an illusion of movement. The image area of this nearly complete Sunday measures 21.5" x 23.5". At one time, the individual panels of this strip were cut apart, and the title logo tier, formerly at the top, is now missing. The rest of the strip has since been reassembled and professionally restored to Excellent condition.

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