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GEORGE GATELY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/07/1980 - HFSID 186503

GEORGE GATELY The Heathcliff cartoon creator and illustrator sends fan a letter of thanks, signs name in blue ink Typed letter signed: "George Gately" in blue ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on personal "Heathcliff" letterhead. New York City, New York. July 7, 1980.

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Reg. $220.00

Condition: fine condition
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GEORGE GATELY
The Heathcliff cartoon creator and illustrator sends fan a letter of thanks, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "George Gately" in blue ink. 1 page, 8½x11. Written on personal "Heathcliff" letterhead. New York City, New York. July 7, 1980. In full: "Dear Jane: When "HEATHCLIFF" was first published on Sept. 3, 1973, I hope the feature would do well, but I never thought he would become as popular as he has! I'm pleased to tell you "HEATHCLIFF" now appears both daily and Sunday in hundreds of newspapers in the United States, Canada and around the world. However, I never figured on the tremendous amount of fan mail "HEATHCLIFF" would receive - wonderful letters from people like you - and I was determined to answer each and every one personally. I'm sure you realized how long this can take. So, when hundreds of letters became thousands of letters, I fell further and further behind. Creating and drawing six daily panels and a Sunday page each week takes a lot of time. I have to work weeks ahead in order to meet the newspaper deadlines, so that "HEATHCLIFF" will appear in your paper as scheduled. It takes a while for all the mail to be forwarded to me; however, I want you to know that I read each and every letter I receive. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and patience, I apologize for taking so long to answer you. If there is anything I forgot, I hope you'll write back to "HEATHCLIFF" and me. I promise not to take so long the next time. Sincerely". Post script: ""HEATHCLIFF" is available in paperback books, if you write to the above address". George Gately (1928-2001) was an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the popular comic strip Heathcliff, a fat orange cat that he created in 1971. After studying art at Pratt Insitute, Gately worked in advertising for eleven years, but found that commercial art gave him little satisfaction, and seeing the success of his elder brother, cartoonist John Gallagher, he decided to enter the cartoon field. His first comic strip Hapless Harry, ran for a few years in several newspapers, but it was Heathcliff that became an enormous success, and was internationally syndicated for many years, and still is today, continued by Gately's nephew Peter Gallagher. Light surface creases. Slightly toned. Corners rounded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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