Van Buren, Raeburn "Ray"

Original 1936 sketch by the co-creator of the “Abbie ‘an Slats” comic strip

Price: $95.00

Description:
(1891-1987) Magazine and comic strip illustrator best known for his work on the syndicated “Abbie an' Slats“ 1937-71. He grew up in Kansas City, Mo. and learned cartooning at the Kansas City Star from comic strip artist Harry Wood. In 1913, Van Buren moved to New York, where he illustrated for Puck, Life and The Saturday Evening Post. Van Buren served in the 27th New York Empire Division in WW I and was art editor of the Division magazine, “Gas Attack”. After military service, he drew cartoons for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker and Esquire and contributed to numerous magazines, including Collier's, Redbook and McCall's. He was a founder of the National Society of Magazine Illustrators. He began drawing “Abbie an' Slats” in 1937. The strip followed the experiences of a rural spinster raising her young cousin, a streetwise urban child. It was Al Capp’s idea to start a 2nd strip to build upon the success of his popular “Li'l Abner”. Instead of drawing it himself, Capp recruited Van Buren, who initially turned him down but was soon lured by the prospect of steady work. The strip was carried in 400 newspapers but did not equal the popularity of “Li'l Abner.” Capp abandoned the strip in 1945, turning the writing chores over to his brother, Elliot Caplin. Co-creator Van Buren stayed with the strip, and it ended with his retirement in 1971. He was honored with the National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame 1979 Gold Key Award. In 1958, he was named “Cartoonist of the Year” by the Philadelphia Quaker City Lodge of B’nai B’rith; previous winners were Al Capp, Milton Caniff, and George Wunder. His comic strip was collected in several books beginning with “Abbie an' Slats and Becky” (1940). Original pencil & black ink bust portrait of a young blonde woman, identity unknown, signed on 3 ½ x 4 ½ collector’s card, Great Neck, NY, October 1936.

Condition: Very good
Type:Original Sketch






[View Shopping Cart]
[Home] [Articles] [Biography] [Calendar]
[Catalogue] [Search]



enbainc@cs.com

Edward N. Bomsey Autographs, Inc.
7317 Farr Street
Annandale, VA 22003-2516
(703) 642-2040(phone & fax)




Home
Home

Articles
Articles

Biography
Biography

Calendar
Calendar

Catalogue
Catalogue

Search
Search