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    Winsor McCay - Original Comic Strip Art for Little Nemo in Slumberland Sunday dated 1909 (New York Herald, 1909). Since the debut of newspaper comics around the dawn of the Twentieth Century, there have been many memorable strips. Some, like George Herriman's Krazy Kat, are revered for their literary qualities. Others, like Walt Kelly's Pogo, are remembered for their incisive look at contemporary politics and society, or like Peanuts for their gentle good humor. For sheer artistic quality and imagination, none can compare to Winsor McCay's masterwork, Little Nemo in Slumberland. The story of a young boy and his wonderful adventures in the land of dreams, McCay painted fabulous vistas of color and light on the comics page that were far, far ahead of his time. His delicate linework, unerring sense of color, and boundless imagination combined to create an artistic and engaging strip that has not yet seen its equal. In 1966, McCay's work was the subject of an exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, and noted illustrator Maurice Sendak has cited McCay's work as a major influence on his own style. High praise indeed for a "mere comic strip artist." The stunning example offered here, showing Nemo, Flip, and a friend escaping from a rising volcano, is typical of McCay's work on this strip and the related Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend, where a seemingly small event blossoms into a crisis of brobdingnagian proportions. Created in two panels, each with an image area of approximately 21.5" x 13.75" and in excellent condition, this piece represents the high water mark in comic strip collecting. It is signed by McCay in the last panel.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2004
    2nd-3rd Friday-Saturday
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