Fox, Fontaine

Signed original sketch of Toonerville Trolley's "Aunt Eppie Hogg"

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(1884-1964) Kentucky-born cartoonist and illustrator, best known for writing and illustrating 1913-55 Toonerville Folks comic panel that appeared in 250-300 newspapers across North America, one of most popular comics in WW I era. It featured a small-town in its own little universe, gentle humor dealt with antics of various denizens and semi-realistic situations. He began as reporter and part-time cartoonist for the Louisville Herald. From 1908, did series of daily cartoons about kids for the Chicago Evening Post. Wheeler Syndicate distributed his work nationally, and led to creation and distribution of Toonerville Folks. Between 1915 and mid 20s, panel spawned merchandising efforts, inc. cartoon books, cracker boxes, magic picture folders, paper masks, gum wrappers, bisques and cutout sheets. Fox’s panel had a distinctive illustration style. Vehicles and telephone poles are oddly tilted and, frequently, so is the horizon. His cast and landscape had a slight aerial perspective, so the reader seemed to be looking down at the events of each tale, absorbing antics of town regulars, including an entire farming community filled with colorful characters of varying ages. The panel included the largest cast ever seen in a comic strip, 53 different characters in all. During the 20s, a series of 2-reel live action comedies were produced, and in 1936, Burt Gillett produced cartoon shorts based on Toonerville. A series of low-budget live-action shorts featuring Mickey McGuire getting into adventures with other back-alley kids led to 50+ short silent b&w film comedies with Mickey Rooney (then Joe Yule Jr., renamed Mickey McGuire for the role). The shorts were similar to Hal Roach’s “Our Gang” shorts. Fox continued the Toonerville Folks comic panel to 1955, changing syndicates twice, eventually gaining all rights to his panel. The strip was honored in a 1995 US postage stamp series. He wrote 3 books, “Fontaine Fox's Funny Folk” 1917, “Fontaine Fox's Cartoons” 1918, and “The Toonerville Trolley and Other Cartoons” 1921. Original sketch of Toonerville Trolley character “Aunt Eppie Hogg” with landscape and telephone pole in background, footprints inked behind her, signed by Fox, on message side of 3 x 5 1/2 US 1c green Thomas Jefferson postcard (in use 1919-52) addressed, but not postally used/cancelled.

Condition: Very good, slightly trimmed at top, staple holes lower left; faint clip impression, very light overall toning
Type:Signed Sketch






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