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An original five-frame pen and ink “daily” of “Mutt & Jeff,” the first successful daily comic strip in America. By its legendary creator, Bud Fisher, this was published on June 11, 1919. Amazingly, this has content relating to the 1919 season and the defamed Chicago “Black Sox.” Jeff is telling Mutt that he is going to talk to Boston Red Sox manager Ed Barrow about they way they are dividing the “World Series Coin.” It is “all wrong” because it kills incentive to play top ball now. Incredibly, this predicts the financial misdoings of the Black Six and how money became the ultimate issue of the tarnished 1919 season. Jeff actually points to a list of the standings with the Chicago White Sox at the very top (it is almost as if they were the main culprit)! Presented and inscribed by baseball fan and comic artist extraordinaire in pencil, “Mutt and Jeff: When Ed Barrow sees Jeff coming he’d better run. By Bud Fisher.” Incredible! The piece is in heavy stock and measures 30” x 11”. Some wear and tear around the edges but the ink is like new and overall very good to excellent condition. Blue pencils were added by Fisher to make the images stand out in publishing. An amazing, fresh find discovered just this year in a seemingly innocent pile of comic art.
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