Smith, Sidney

Signed photo of the creator of “The Gumps” comic strip that ran for 42 years!

Price: $150.00

Description:
(1877-1935) Illinois-born creator of the influential comic strip, “The Gumps”, based on an idea by Joseph M. Patterson, editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Smith never finished high school and began drawing cartoons for his hometown newspaper at 18. He also delivered chalk talks and worked in newspaper art departments in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1908, he signed on as a sports cartoonist at the Chicago Examiner where he created a feature, “Buck Nix” which involved continuity: "What will tomorrow bring?" In 1911, he moved to the Chicago Tribune, where he introduced “Old Doc Yak”as a daily on Feb. 5, 1912 with the Sunday page starting March 10. On Oct. 28, 1914, he started a panel, "Light Occupations", which ran until Jan. 20,1917. The last “Old Doc Yak” ended Feb. 10, 1917 with the well-dressed Yak and his family leaving their house, wondering who might next move into it. The last panel showed the empty house. On Feb. 12, 1917, in the space formerly occupied by “Old Doc Yak”, newspapers displayed the initial episodes of “The Gumps”, showing them moving into the same house. “The Gumps” had a 42-year run in newspapers, until Oct.17, 1959. The strip, its merchandising (toys, games, a popular song, toys, games, playing cards, food products) and media adaptations made Smith a very wealthy man. Smith's strip was adapted into a live-action/animated film series in 1920-21 by Wallace Carlson. In 1922, Smith signed million-dollar contract ($100,000 per year for 10 years). Two years later, he published the 183-page “Andy Gump, His Life Story” (1924). In 1935, he signed a new contract, giving him $150,000 a year. On his way home from signing that contract, he crashed his new Rolls-Royce and died in a head-on collision at the age of 58. ISP, inscription possibly in another hand to collector Edgar A. Moss, 9 ¼ x 7 light sepia matte finish bust portrait by Butler Studio of Chicago, Smith in right profile in jacket & tie, arms crossed.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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