Some made you laugh, some got your heart racing, but all showed up to help you start your day or unwind at night. Assembled for a “National Press Club Cartoonists Night” event, this group of (14) renowned artists provided a fortunate attendee with their autographs (average “9-10”) and original sketches of their popular comic strip characters syndicated in newspapers around the world. Key signers with characters are: Burne Hogarth “Tarzan”; Jerry Robinson “the Joker”; Mort Walker “Beetle Bailey”. Full photo LOA from JSA. Complete list on our website.
Printed on one side of each of the two offered sheets are a comic blurb that looks to be the work of “Wizard of Id” illustrator Brant Parker at top and a list of the twenty-two featured cartoonists attending the event at bottom. (14) Of the cartoonists are present on the offered sheets, all signatures are high caliber and sketches are very appealing, with:
Mort Walker with “Beetle Bailey” sketch and what may be his home address
*this single-signed sheet has one compacting fold which does not affect the sketch or autograph.
Side with comic strip at top as they appear left to right, top to bottom:
Selby Kelly with “Pogo” sketch (wife of Walt Kelly, who continued the strip for several years after Walt’s 1973 demise)
John Cullen Murphy with “Prince Valiant” sketch
Irwin Hasen with “Dondi” inscription (only signer not to apply a sketch)
Art Wood with “smiling man” sketch (possibly a self portrait or a character from his many political cartoons) and “All the Best” salutation
Bill Gallo with “Basement Bertha” sketch and inscription
Don Wilder with “Crock” inscription and “French Foreign Legionaire” sketch
Jim Berry with “Berry’s World” sketch and inscription
Unprinted side as they appear left to right, top to bottom:
Burne Hogarth with “Tarzan” sketch and inscription and personalized salutation
Alfred Andriola with “Kerry Drake” sketch and inscription and personalized salutation
Herb Block with “Man with top hat and bowtie” sketch
Jerry Robinson with “Joker” sketch and inscription (in addition to creating the Joker character, Robinson drew many of the most iconic Batman & Robin images in the history of the super-hero comic genre)
Pat Oliphant with “Punk” sketch
Gene Basset with “Artist with paintbrush in his mouth” sketch (most likely a self-portrait),
*this multi-signed sheet has two compacting folds that pass through several sketches but none of the autographs, the folds have negligible impact on the sketches.