15 for 51
Monday Cartoon Day
Today I am 51 and in honor of my birthday I am sharing with you all of the original Mort Walker cartoons I bought last month. I had already show to of them and copies of five the seller didn't want to let go at first, but he releted and I ended up with all of them. Two of them are up on the staircase wall leading up to my office and with their clear lay-out and excellent black spotting they haven't ceased to attract my eye yet.
What amazes me the most when I look at these originals, is the fact that Mort Walker didn't use any white-out on them. I a quite convinced they are presentation pieces (since the editor okayed them on the front in red), but I still don't know if they were published. If any of you recognize any of them from your collection (and I am especially looking at visitors such as Shane Glines and Alex Chun), I would love to know. In the meantime I take the fact that one of them has a note saying the tricycle should be changed into a bicycle as a sign the published pieces might be drawn again - but still, why don't I recognize any of these excellent gags?
I have put them in order of the numbers on the back, which seem to be actual numbers of the cartoons as they left Mort Walker's home. This would mean he produced at least 1850 cartoons in the three year period between leaving college and starting Betle Bailey. If these are the presentation pieces, the numbering would include the upublished ones. Which might even still be in Mr. Walker's files.
These are five more I found for sale on the web or on auction sites. Since I can't see the back, I don't know the cartoon numbers or even if they were presentation pieces or sold and used versions. The ones with the typed gaglines seem to be the earlier ones, though.