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  • Title:
    Original Mickey Mouse 1934 large four panel comic strip hand signed by Walt Disney
  • Description: Terrific drawing..ORIGNAL...(as all from this collection are) and with terrific provenance. Our retired Florida consignor says that Disney lived two doors down from his grandfather/collector. Please note the annotation on the bottom! Original Mickey Mouse 1934 large four panel comic strip hand signed by Walt Disney and hand dedicated to Geo T. Maxwell featuring Western subject matter with Mickey and Minnie as a cowboy and cowgirl dealing with the affable Mexican bandit Don Jollio, twice numbered 711 with 1934 Walt Disney Enterprises label, four 1941 to 1946 exhibition labels on the reverse, comic is two sheets of two panels each mounted one above the other. Early, rare and important.


    The present lot comes from The Charles L. Howard Collection of Early Comic Art & Original Political Illustration, comprised of nearly 800 Pre-WWII original illustrations by over 500 listed illustrators that we will be offering over several sessions. Charles L. Howard, Esq. was a leading railroad industry figure between the Wars, serving as a chief officer for the Santa Fe Railroad and council to the American and Western Railway Assns. Encyclopedic in scope and with extensive New York, Ohio, Illinois and California subjects, much of the Howard Collection’s political art was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1939 and many of the original comic strips were shown at various educational institutions prior to 1947. The works have been in storage for decades and come to auction from a descendent of the family.

  • Approx. Dimensions or Size: Please see images for included size indications.
  • Hess Fine Auction shipping in U.S.: $25 plus $1 per $100 insurance (Example: At selling price of low estimate of $6,000 USA insured shipping is $85). In House
  • Estimated weight of package:
  • Package size: 26x26x2
  • Condition
    The state of preservation of these comic strips that are on average over 75 years old is quite exceptional. Very, very few have any creases, tears or losses to the paper and the ink has remained uniformly vivid thanks to the family’s dry flat storage. Given that these were working drawings from which prints were made the expected edge markings, blue highlightings, notations, inscriptions, pasted labels, tack holes, staples, glue residues and scattered artist and proofer’s corrections can be found variously on the examples as illustrated in the photographs. These all add to the authenticity and charm of the newsroom and pressroom atmosphere between the Wars, serving to reinforce the iconic status of these rare surviving testimonies to the comic illustrator’s art. In a few examples additional notations have been made in the description section of the catalogue text for significant damage, however the condition sensitive collector is encouraged to contact our sale expert for additional lot details in advance of the auction date.
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    50: Original Mickey Mouse 1934 large four panel comic s

    Estimate $6,000 - $9,000Aug 23, 2012
    Starting Price $1,500
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    Ships fromSt. Petersburg, FL, United States

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    St. Petersburg, FL, USA