EARLY & HISTORIC MICKEY MOUSE 1930 DAILY STRIP ORIGINAL ART BY FLOYD GOTTFREDSON & HARDIE GRAMATKY.
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EARLIEST FLOYD GOTTFREDSON MICKEY MOUSE SYNDICATE ART TO EVER COME TO AUCTION
7-7/8x29.25" artboard features original pen and ink art for Oct. 25, 1930 daily strip, featuring pencils by longtime Mickey Mouse comic artist Floyd Gottfredson (whose tenure w/the strip began on May 5, 1930 and lasted until his retirement in 1975) w/inks by Gottfredson and Hardie Gramatky (Disney artist/animator who later created Little Toot and other famous children's books, as well as becoming a renowned watercolor painter). Strip is from the "Mr. Slicker And The Egg Robbers" storyline (the third major story arc of the comic strip and the first written completely by Gottfredson) and features four panels, showing Minnie Mouse and her then-suitor Mr. Slicker in the home of Minnie's parents, Marcus Mouse and her unnamed mother. Being farmers during a rough patch, Minnie's parents worry about money, pinning their financial survival on the sale of their chickens' eggs. Over the course of the story, it is revealed that a thief has been operating on their farm, adding to their anxiety due to the loss of egg sales and looming debts. Later in the story Mickey Mouse discovers Mr. Slicker has been running the egg-thieving ring in order to secure Minnie's hand in marriage. Minnie and Mr. Slicker are seen only in first panel while Minnie's mother appears in every panel; her father appearing in last three panels. Second panel has thin Walter E. Disney copyright strip paste-over and third panel bears inked date and has been signed "Walt Disney" by Gottfredson. Left margin has handwritten "BEN-DAY #443" notation in blue pencil w/inked "6" at top left corner. Penciled "435" at right margin. Back has "Striking Hens" (King Features Syndicate's episode title for the strip, for those newspapers that wished to give it one) written in blue pencil. Artboard has been rolled and has curl as such. Left/right margins show moderate wear w/some fraying to edges; not affecting art. Pin holes at top corners. Scattered dust soiling, more noticeable along bottom margin. Third panel has .5" spot of moisture staining and two tiny dark spots above this. Rest of art remains clean. Fine overall, but art still displays well and would look nice framed. The example offered here is the earliest Floyd Gottfredson Mickey Mouse syndicate art to ever come to auction, the earliest example sold at auction prior to this being from 1932. Very important and historic Mickey Mouse comic art. From the Estate of Disney Artist Earl Duvall, known for his work on Disney comic strips in the early 1930s and for a handful of animated short films he directed at Warner Bros. Cartoons.
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