Smith, Sidney

Signed original sketch of Andy Gump

Price: $195.00

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 began drawing cartoons for his hometown newspaper at 18. In 1908, he became 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. The last “Old Doc Yak” ended Feb. 10, 1917 with the well-dressed Yak and family leaving their house, wondering who might next move into it. The last panel showed the empty house. On Feb. 12, 1917, 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. On June 5, 1920, “Andy's Dancing Lesson”, the first of dozens of animated cartoons about the characters, was released. In 1931, The Gumps became the very first comic strip adapted into a radio show. The 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 at age 58. Hand drawn 5 x 3 ½ original sketch of Andy Gump in high collar (no neck) and broad, polka-dotted tie shouting “OH MIN!” Smith writes “your for fun” above his distinctive signature. Captain Joseph M. Patterson, the Chicago Tribune editor/publisher, envisioned a domestic comedy strip about ordinary people — not too bright, not too rich, not too good-looking — and their ordinary adventures. He even came up with the name, The Gumps, "gump" being a term he used for a member of the “Uneducated Masses.” Andy, in times of stress, would holler "Oh! Min!" — Min being his wife and pillar to lean on. Smith started out just doing daily gags about life in and around the Gump household, but gradually moved toward longer and more complex storylines, and it became an early example of a soap opera. On June 16, 1919, Patterson launched The New York Daily News, and “The Gumps” was the only Tribune strip in it from the start. It attracted attention among newspaper feature editors, a great many of whom wanted it for their own papers. To meet that demand, Patterson formed The Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. The strip's popularity increased as Andy ran for Congress in 1922, and for president in nearly every election from 1924 until the strip ended. Captain Joseph M. Patterson, the Chicago Tribune editor/publisher, envisioned a domestic comedy strip about ordinary people — not too bright, not too rich, not too good-looking — and their ordinary adventures. He even came up with the name, The Gumps, "gump" being a term he used for a member of the “Uneducated Masses.” Andy, in times of stress, would holler "Oh! Min!" — Min being his wife and pillar to lean on. Smith started out just doing daily gags about life in and around the Gump household, but gradually moved toward longer and more complex storylines, and it became an early example of a soap opera. On June 16, 1919, Patterson launched The New York Daily News, and “The Gumps” was the only Tribune strip in it from the start. It attracted attention among newspaper feature editors, a great many of whom wanted it for their own papers. To meet that demand, Patterson formed The Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. The strip's popularity increased as Andy ran for Congress in 1922, and for president in nearly every election from 1924 until the strip ended.

Condition: Very good, horizontal center fold
Type:Signed Original Sketch






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