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1919 Original Mutt and Jeff Daily Comic Strip by Bud Fisher

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,392.00

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 on opposite sides in a ball game. The six-panel strip involves Mutt attempting to win a $1,000 Liberty Bond by hitting a sign on the outfield fence. To that end, he asks his friend Jeff, who is playing in the outfield, to "favor him" if he hits one towards the sign. Of course, as one would expect, after Mutt hits a drive that seems destined to earn him the $1,000 dollars (while another player remarks "It's a pipe Mutt! Even Speaker wouldn't be able to catch that pill"), Jeff makes a spectacular leaping catch right in front of the sign for the out. The final panel sees Mutt chasing Jeff with a bat, with the latter yelling "For the love of Mike, Mutt, use discretion." Bud Fisher has signed the piece in the lower right corner. In addition to the reference to Tris Speaker, manager Ed Barrow is also mentioned by name in the first panel (Jeff says to his friend, "Yes, Barrow is playing me in the field today"). This strip originally ran on May 7, 1919, as noted by the blue editorial notations along the bottom border: "Mutt and Jeff-Mutt almost cops a thousand dollar Victory Bond. By Bud Fisher-Released Wednesday, May 7, 1919-7 leol - Wednesday 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's 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 x 10.5 inches) is in Excellent condition. Beautifully matted and framed to total dimensions of 35.5 x 17 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,392.00

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