Lichty, George M.

First Day Cover signed by the cartoonist, 1932 creator of “Grin and Bear It”

Price: $10.00

Description:
(1905-1983, b. George Lichtenstein) Chicago-born cartoonist, creator of the daily and Sunday cartoon series “Grin and Bear It”. His work was signed “Lichty” and often ran without mention of his first name. He was 16 when he sold his 1st cartoon to “Judge”. He attended the Chicago Art Institute 1924–25 and edited the University of Michigan's humor magazine, The Gargoyle. Graduating in 1929, he began his newspaper career doing spot cartoons and sports drawings for the Chicago Daily Times. After he created “Grin and Bear It” in 1932, it was syndicated by Field Enterprises in Chicago. Field Enterprises was sold in 1986 to King Features Syndicate which continues to distribute the feature today. Lichty also contributed to Collier's during the 1930s. His artwork had a hastily drawn, loose appearance. Frequent subjects included computers, family life, excessive capitalism and Soviet bureaucracy. Scenes in his cartoons were often set in the offices of commissars or the showrooms of "Belchfire" dealers with enormous cars in the background. His series “Is Party Line, Comrade!” also skewered Soviet bureaucrats, usually were drawn wearing a 5-pointed star medal labeled "Hero". The "gags" for “Grin and Bear It” were written by Arthur Erenberg. He would describe the scene and write the joke then Lichty would draw the cartoon. He won the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award in 1956, 1960, 1962 & 1964. His style influenced cartoon animation in what was known as the "animation smear technique," dubbed the "Lichty style" by Warner Bros. animator Rob Scribner. “Grin and Bear It” is still published, currently "by Fred Wagner and written by Ralph Dunagin". US Benjamin West American Artist 10c stamp cacheted 3 ¾ x 6 ½ First Day Cover, postmarked Swarthmore, PA, February 10 1975 and “First Day of Issue”, signed “Geo. M. Lichty” at lower right.

Condition: Very good
Type:First Day Cover






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