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Recently added to the Fawcett Toy Museum are some of George Herriman's original Krazy Kat comic art. The black and white images are from June 11, 1939 Sunday comic page reproduced in hundreds of Hearst Newspapers. To view the complete 1939 Sunday page see page 12 in the book Krazy Kat, The comic Art of George Herriman, 1986, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
George Herriman, 1880-1944, is considered to be a genius and the finest of all of America’s comic strip artists. The color images in the museum collection were done as presentation pieces or gifts for friends. Herriman lived in Hollywood and drew many of his comic strips at Hal Roach Studios.
On the right is George Herriman's Krazy Kat original art dated June 11, 1939. This original is featured in just about every book published about Krazy Kat, by the best comic artist of them all, George Herriman. This piece of art is considered to be the very best Herriman Sunday ever created. It features all of the strip's major characters, the brick, and has a wonderful surreal commentary on art and the art world.

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At the studio, Harley M. “Beanie” Walker, was the writer of the title cards on the Laurel and Hardy films. Walker, a former newspaperman, was Herriman’s best friend.

Two of the color pieces in the museum collection were done as presents for Walker. The 1939 seated image was done for an anniversary. The larger watercolor with the house (below), has a rare self-portrait of Herriman bringing his Anniversary artwork 3 days late to the Walkers by handcar.






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The color close-up image [below] is from a large piece painted for Jean Harlow and Hal Roach. Roach discovered Harlow. Herriman draws the pair in Arizona with the various Native American tribes playing cupid. Click here to see the full art.

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The above left image is most likely the largest painting Herriman ever drew with his Krazy Kat characters. It was painted at a party on a 3 foot by 4 foot window shade for his daughter Toots. On the right is George Herriman’s self-portrait.

Above are two strips. The one on top is "The Water Lilly” the daily Krazy Kat comic strip for June 1, 1931. Below it is “The Dingbat Family,” a 1913 daily comic strip featuring Ignatz, Krazy Kat, and the brick at the bottom. This large size original is very early, before Krazy Kat had become a strip with its own title.


Left: Krazy Kat Sunday page from March 12, 1944. This is one of the last Krazy Kat strips done before George Herriman's death in 1944.

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  Krazy Kat



The Museum is interested in adding more Herriman watercolor art and original Sunday and daily comic strip original art to the collection. Please send pictures of what you have or contact John Fawcett, Fawcett’s Antique Toy &Art Museum, P.O.Box 1156, 3506 Atlantic Highway [Route One], Waldoboro, Maine 04572. Phone 207 832-7398 7am to 8:30 pm Eastern.


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[right] "Homage to Herriman" a sculpture byJohn Fawcett.