MORT WALKER - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED - HFSID 250275
Sale Price $573.75
Original two-panel Beetle Bailey comic strip signed by its creator.
Original art signed: "Mort Walker" in pencil, 11x8½. Beetle and Sarge are talking to each other on the phone. Cartoonist Mort Walker (born in 1923) sold his first cartoon at the age of 12, was regularly contributing cartoons to magazines by age 14 and was the comic strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper when he was 15. In 1950, he introduced Beetle Bailey, who first came to life as a college cut-up before accidentally stumbling onto an Army recruiting post in 1951, resulting in soaring popularity. "Beetle Bailey", which first appeared in 50 newspapers, was picked up by King Features in 1950 and is now seen in 1,800 newspapers, making it the third most widely distributed comic strip. Beetle and his army buddies also appear in 92 compilations of the strip. Walker is also the co-creator, with Dik Browne of "Hi and Lois" (1954), a spin-off of "Beetle Bailey" (Lois is Beetle's sister), and a number of other comic strips. He was named Cartoonist of the Year in 1953 and has won numerous other awards for his work. Slightly creased at upper left corner. Printing on verso (light show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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