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CARTOONISTS: GENE HAZELTON, TOM HATTEN, JOHNNY HART and WALT KELLY This 38x32¾ Gallery of History framed item is comprised of four cartoons all signed by the artists! Including two custom plaques! Comprises: (1) GENE HAZELTON.

Sale Price $2,975.00

Reg. $3,500.00

Condition: slightly creased, slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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This 38x32¾ Gallery of History framed item is comprised of four cartoons all signed by the artists! Including two custom plaques!
Comprises: (1) GENE HAZELTON. Cartoon signed: "By Gene Hazelton" in blue pencil at upper margin. B/w, 19½x16½. Headed by Hazelton in blue pencil at upper left margin: "The Flintstones". Three panel original cartoon featuring the citizens of Bedrock. Copyright affixed at upper portion of second panel: "©1974/ McNaught Syndicate, Inc./© Hanna-Barbera/Productions Inc. At lower portion, "3-2" has been written in unknown hand. Mid-vertical fold at Wilma's image. Minor ink smudges. "3" of date smudged by correction fluid. Slightly dampstained at lower portions of second and third panels. Overall, fine condition. (2) TOM HATTEN. Original Cartoon signed: "sez/Tom Hatten". B/w, 7½x10. Original pen and ink drawing of Popeye's head. Headed by Hatten: "You're never/too/OLD/for/Popeye". Hatten has also written in a word balloon: "And/He/Should/Know!" and he has dated the cartoon: "1984" at lower margin. Slightly soiled at upper portion. Fine condition. (3) JOHNNY HART. Cartoon inscribed and signed: "To John, All the best, Johnny Hart". B/w, 13¼x9. Cartoon of the characters from his syndicated comic strip, "B.C." Slightly creased at lower left blank margin. Stray marks at left background. Fine condition. (4) WALT KELLY. Original Cartoon inscribed and signed: "For Hank Sterrett - Best wishes - Walt Kelly". The cartoonist has also written: "©/1958/Walt/Kelly" in ink at lower right margin of third panel and "12-6/The Hall Syndicate, Inc." in ink at lower margin of first panel. Original cartoon depicting three panels of his syndicated comic strip, "Pogo". Drawn in ink over original blue pencil marks. Mid-vertical fold at the first "t" in Sterrett.  Slightly soiled at blank margins. Tack holes at upper corners and mid-upper margin. Overall, fine condition. GENE HAZELTON (1919-2005) an animator and artist for newspaper comics worked for Walt Disney (1939-1941) and Warner Bros. before being hired by Hanna-Barbera in 1961 to oversee comic strips based on The Flintstones and Yogi Bear. While with Hanna-Barbera, Hazelton also assisted with such animated features as The Jetsons. He had previously created his own comic strip, "Angel Face". Actor and cartoonist TOM HATTEN (born in 1927) is best known to national TV audiences for hosting Popeye and Friends (1976-1988). He also hosted The Popeye Show (1956-1964) in Los Angeles, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. On the latter show, Hatten, who was known as "Skipper Tom", introduced his Squiggle game, creating a drawing (usually a Popeye character) from a squiggle drawn by a member of his studio audience. The versatile Hatten has also appeared on stage and in feature films, including Sweet Charity (1969), The Secret of NIMH (1982, voice of Farmer Fitzgibbons) and Spies Like Us (1985), and he has guest starred on several TV shows, such as Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964, 1965, 1966), Hogan's Heroes (1966, 1970, 1971) and Hawaii Five-O (1973). Hatten is also a writer and producer and the co-founder (1996) of the Musical Theatre Guild. JOHNNY HART (1931-2007) debuted "B.C." nationally on February 17, 1958. The strip has appeared in 1,300 newspapers worldwide and is read by some 100 million people. Hart, who drew cartoons for "Pacific Stars & Stripes" while in the military, sold his first cartoon to the "Saturday Evening Post" in 1954. In 1960, he and collaborator Brant Parker created another popular strip, "The Wizard of Id". Cartoonist WALT KELLY (1913-1973) worked as an animator for Walt Disney from 1935-1941. In 1948, he created the "Pogo" comic strip that was eventually syndicated in over 450 newspapers. Kelly, who also illustrated several books, is remembered for his memorable quote from "Pogo", "We have met the enemy and he is us", which became a rallying cry for conservatives. Four items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 38x32¾.

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