MORT WALKER - ORIGINAL ART SIGNED - HFSID 286386
Sale Price $198.00
First Day Cover honoring his comic strip Beetle Bailey, signed by Walker with his original ink drawing of "Sarge" from the strip.
Original Art signed: "Mort/Walker, 6½x3¾. Walker has drawn a bust view of "Sarge" to the left of his signature. First Day Cover in a Sunday Funnies series, bearing a 44-cent Beetle Bailey stamp. Special cachet/postmark Columbus, Ohio, July 16, 2010, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. 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. Fine condition.
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