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MARCUS HAMILTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/11/1996 - HFSID 307811

MARCUS HAMILTON His autograph letter on his Dennis the Menace note card Autograph Letter signed: "Marcus Hamilton", 6¼x4½ card. No place, 1996 November 11.

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MARCUS HAMILTON
His autograph letter on his Dennis the Menace note card
Autograph Letter signed: "Marcus Hamilton", 6¼x4½ card. No place, 1996 November 11. Penned on a card on his personal note card with printed Dennis the Menace logo to "Hi Sandy", in full: "Thanks for your interest in 'Dennis the Menace'. Mr. Ketcham is enjoying a well-deserved retirement, while still overseeing all of Dennis' activities. Best regards". Ernest Marcus Hamilton was a successful free-lance illustrator featured in several national publications in the 1970s. His most celebrated work was a portrait of Bob Hope featured on the cover of the Christmas edition of The Saturday Evening Post in 1978. In the 1980s, however, traditional artists were losing a competition with computer graphics artists for magazine space, and Hamilton found himself reduced to minimum wage employment at Wal-Mart. His fortunes reversed dramatically when Dennis the Menace creator Hank Ketcham (d. 2001) interviewed Hamilton in 1993, liked his portfolio, and hired him as an assistant. In 1995, Ketcham became the primary artist on the daily strip, while another artist - Ron Ferdinand - took over the Sunday cartoon. In 2005, Hamilton won the National Cartoonists Society's award for Bet Newspaper Cartoon Panel of the Year. One vertical fold. Otherwise, fine condition.

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