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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
@ 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
@ 4:49 pm

According to Heritage Auctions…
The Hal Foster piece has an image area of 22.75″ x 33.5″

Alex Raymond’s measures 24″ x 11″ matted image area

The 1934 Caniff has an image area of 20″ x 6″

The 1936 Caniff a bit larger with an image area of 21.5″ x 6.5″

Chester Gould about the same: an image area of 20″ x 5.75″

Roy Crane’s a bit shorter: an image area of 20.5″ x 4.5″

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
@ 5:31 pm

Thanks for that D. D.

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