[ca. 1940s or 1950s]. Manila paper scroll, 3.25" wide, approximately 70 feet long. On the outward-facing side of the paper are drawn cartoon faces in graphite and colored pencil, each labeled with a name. Based on the relative size of each visible drawing – we haven't fully unrolled the scroll due to space constraints – we estimate there are around 250 drawings. Condition good plus to very good. Exterior portion of scroll (the end) heavily rubbed and worn. Several partial tears, but remains continous throughout. Good +. Item #21644
A captivating object, drawn by a child likely between the ages of 8 and 12, the cartoons depict a wide array of midcentury characters including Elmer Fudd, Dick Tracey, Archie (and company), Popeye, and Donald Duck, among many others from comic books, Sunday strips, television, and elsewhere. The more time one spends unraveling the scroll, the harder it becomes to believe it wasn't created as an emulation of child art, as its renderings of classic cartoons are both surprisingly detailed and strangely hallucinatory -- even grotesque. Yet all signs point to it being a genuine child's work, the scroll format perfectly embodying its status as cultural artifact. One of the more extraordinary items of its kind we've handled.