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1919 Original Mutt and Jeff Daily Comic Strip by Bud Fisher
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,527.50
Long before the Peanuts characters took to the field, Mutt and Jeff were often featured playing baseball. This original Mutt and Jeff daily comic strip finds the two lovable losers as teammates on a ball club. Mutt, in his attempt to up his average, reads an advertisement in the paper for a book titled Our Book on How to Become a Great Batter. The book costs one dollar and the ad guarantees that he will become "the second Cobb." As he walks on to the field he brags to his friend Jeff that he will become the next batting champion as a result of his having bought the book. It is only then that he finds out the book was written by Jeff, who tells him the secret to being a great hitter is "Hit em where they aint" (which itself is a nod to the legendary Wee Willie Keeler, who when asked by a reporter the secret to being such a great hitter, responded with this very advice). The final panel finds Jeff the recipient of a black eye as a dollar bill with wings follows Mutt out of the frame. Bud Fisher has signed the piece in the lower right corner. In addition to the reference to Cobb, manager Ed Barrow is also mentioned by name in the second panel (Mutt says to himself "Well, I sent in a buck. When I get that book I'll show Barrow some class!"). This strip originally ran on May 10, 1919, as noted by the blue editorial notations along the bottom border: "Mutt and Jeff - Mutt's one of those who are born every minute. By Bud Fisher-Released Saturday, May 10, 1919-7 leol - Saturday Morning Sports." Created by San Francisco Chronicle cartoonist Bud Fisher in 1907, Mutt and Jeff (the strip actually began as Mr. Mutt , with Jeff added a short time later) is considered by many to be the first daily comic strip. The comic originally ran in the San Francisco Chronicle sports section, but by 1915 the pair's popularity resulted in the strip gaining nationwide circulation. Although Fisher later stopped drawing the strip, he continued to oversee its creation, through a team of illustrators, until his death in 1954. The strip (29.5 x 10. inches) is very bright and clean, with just a few small imperfections of little consequence in the border areas including small production-related tack holes, otherwise in Excellent condition. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 34.25 x 15.25 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,527.50
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