Item #020909 ORIGINAL CARTOON ART: C. D. Russell and "Pete the Tramp" . D. RUSSELL, larence.

ORIGINAL CARTOON ART: C. D. Russell and "Pete the Tramp"

n.p. n.d. Clarence D. Russell. Drawing. Original pencil on stiff board, 8-3/4" x 12-1/2", SIGNED by the artist and titled at the bottom. A Self-Portrait incorporating his most famous creation, Pete the Tramp, who looks up at his creator and states, "AW! NO -- RUSS YOU COULDN'T LOOK THAT BAD!" A scarce Self-Portrait by an American cartoonist who had one of the most successful syndicated comic strips, lasting from 1932 until Russell's death in 1963. Wikipedia: "While contributing artwork to the weekly JUDGE Russell often sat in Bryant Park on 42nd Street and watched tramps as they fed pigeons and approached people to ask for a nickel for a cup of coffee. Soon Russell's work for JUDGE included cartoons of homeless men, as he recalled, 'I started drawing tramps for JUDGE, the old humorous magazine, and pretty soon Pete began to evolve. He was my escape valve. Pete did the things I always wanted to do. It would make a nice story if I told you I used to be a tramp myself, but I wasn't. Even if some people say I was.'" Light wear along the edges. Near Fine. Item #020909

Price: $500.00

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