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    Winsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 12-2-06 (New York Herald, 1906). Flip takes center stage in this early Nemo Sunday, the 56th ever, as the "High Court" judges of King Morpheus-ruled Slumberland have recruited an old shape-shifting witch to bedevil him. The "old hag" mysteriously changes herself into a beautiful little girl and back, many years before Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs showed a similar Evil Queen-to Old Hag-transformation. This extremely rare piece from over 100 years ago is the second-oldest Little Nemo we've ever offered and, unlike that piece, our present offering is in original unrestored condition, demonstrating it's been well-cared for over the decades.
    Winsor McCay has proven to be one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, with such modern day artist royalty as Alan Moore, Maurice Sendak, and Brian Bolland counted as admirers, followers, and in some cases, imitators. It's easy to see why! The entrancing storylines and unique, finely detailed art set the strip apart in its day and appears fresh 107 years later. Today, most collectors can only dream of owning one of the rare surviving Nemo pages, as most are permanently locked away in private collections.

    Not your usual funny paper fare here! McCay's work was entertaining and humorous, but deeper than the typical strips of the day, with underlying serious tones to challenge the reader's eye and imagination.

    The artwork is in ink on four conjoined strips of Bristol board, with a combined approximate image area of 21.5" x 28", matted to an overall size of 26.5" x 33". The condition is Good, due to the aging of the board; there are a few edge tears and scattered stains, but the overall eye appeal is still very strong, especially when its age is taken into consideration! If owning an original McCay Little Nemo page from early in the run has been your splendid dream, then we advise alertness during this auction. There will be competitive bidding on this treasure!

    More information about Winsor McCay, also known as McCay, Winsor, Winsor MacCay, MacCay, Winsor.

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    Auction Dates
    August, 2013
    1st-3rd Thursday-Saturday
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