FONTAINE FOX - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED - HFSID 286436
His original drawing of Skipper, the Toonerville trolley driver, signed "F. Fox"
Original Art signed: "F. Fox", 4x3 irregularly cut mounted on construction paper (2 surfaces). He has drawn "Skipper," smoking a pipe and holding up a card with the signature. Fontaine Fox (1884-1964) was a book illustrator and cartoonist best known for the long running Toonerville Folks, which appeared in nearly 300 US newspapers between 1913 and 1955. Skipper, a reckless trolley driver, was a central character in the strip, which looked humorously at the folks of the fictional Toonerville. The strip was an aerial view, allowing the reader to observe the antics of many of the towns "Funny Folks." Both Pelham, N.Y., and Louisville, Kentucky, claim to be the inspiration for the cartoon town. Fox's wry sense of humor comes through on his tombstone, which contains his epithet: "I had a hunch something like this would happen." Toonerville inspired a series of 2-reel comedies starring the character Mickey McGuire. Joe Yule, Jr., who played the role, changed his name to Mickey McGuire. When the actor left the series, Fontaine Fox would not permit him to use the name in other roles, so the young actor changed his name again - to Mickey Rooney! Toned and stained. Top edge ragged. Otherwise fine condition.
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