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The Art of the Adventure Comic Strip

 

Ozark Ike by Ray Gotto 1948

 

Dick Tracy by Chester Gould 1936

 

Terry and the Pirates by Milton Caniff 1934

 

Jungle Jim by Alex Raymond 1939

 

Mary Perkins On Stage by Leonard Starr 1957

 

Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray 1957

 

Captain Easy by Roy Crane 1941

 

Casey Ruggles by Warren Tufts 1951

 

Prince Valiant by Harold Foster 1962

 

Terry and the Pirates (and Burma) by Milton Caniff 1936

These pieces of original art will be going up at Heritage Auctions soon.

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Community Comments

#1 Steve
January/25/2022
@ 2:08 pm

I would love to know the original dimensions of these original artworks. Such detail and complexity.

There’s a picture of Mauldin at a drawing table with a Willie & Joe piece — the panel looks to be 20 x 24!

I imagine Heritage reports sizes, I’ll have to look.

#2 D. D. Degg
January/25/2022
@ 4:49 pm

According to Heritage Auctions…
The Hal Foster piece has an image area of 22.75″ x 33.5″
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/hal-foster-prince-valiant-sunday-comic-strip-original-art-dated-6-3-1962-king-features-synd/p/40184-11110.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

Alex Raymond’s measures 24″ x 11″ matted image area
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/alex-raymond-jungle-jim-sunday-comic-strip-original-art-dated-7-2-1939-king-features-syndic/p/40184-11108.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

The 1934 Caniff has an image area of 20″ x 6″
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/milton-caniff-terry-and-the-pirates-daily-comic-strip-original-art-dated-11-22-34-news-synd/p/40184-11038.s?ic4=GalleryView-ShortDescription-071515

The 1936 Caniff a bit larger with an image area of 21.5″ x 6.5″
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/milton-caniff-terry-and-the-pirates-daily-comic-strip-original-art-dated-5-2-36-chicago-tri/p/40184-11043.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

Chester Gould about the same: an image area of 20″ x 5.75″
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/chester-gould-dick-tracy-daily-comic-strip-original-art-dated-12-17-36-chicago-tribune-ny/p/40184-11037.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

Roy Crane’s a bit shorter: an image area of 20.5″ x 4.5″
https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/roy-crane-and-leslie-turner-wash-tubbs-daily-comic-strip-original-art-dated-6-13-41-nea-ser/p/40184-11011.s?ic4=GalleryView-Thumbnail-071515

The Gotto and Gray are 20″ x 6″ which seems to be the norm for dailies of that era, give or take a centimeter here and there.

#3 Steve
January/25/2022
@ 5:31 pm

Thanks for that D. D.

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