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George Herriman

George Herriman

Art

Nationality: American

Birth Place: New Orleans (Orleans parish, Louisiana, United States)

Biography:
The playful and intellectually informed comics of George Herriman have left a lasting impression on artists, intellectuals, and, now, comic collectors throughout the century. Herriman was born in Louisiana to mixed-race, “Creole” family, which, though influential within his comics, was not something he talked about for fear of hurting his reputation. When Herriman was still a child, his family moved to Los Angeles to escape the Jim Crow South, and it was here that he received his first job drawing daily strips, political cartoons, and spot illustrations for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. Between 1900 and 1910, Herriman moved to New York and produced strips such as Mary’s Home from College, Baron Mooch, and Gooseberry Sprig for Pulitzer papers and the TC McClure Syndicate. In 1910 Herriman was hired to work in the Comic Art Department of The New York Evening Journal. It was here that he created the Krazy Kat, which is now considered one of his most influential comics, though not well received by the public when it was running. Krazy Kat originated as a character in Herriman’s strip The Dingbat Family (later The Family Upstairs), and in 1911 Krazy Kat spun off into its own comic strip. Krazy Kat features Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse, and Offissa Pupp, 3 animals involved in an unexpected love triangle. The characters reflect Herriman’s multi-cultural background, and speak in phonetic dialects inspired by Creole, African-American, Brooklyn English, Yiddish, American-Indian, and Spanish. The humor and plot of the Krazy Kat comics were often vague and inaccessible to the public, but Krazy Kat had a strong following in artist and intellectual communities. One of Krazy Kat’s largest fans was William Randolph Hearst, owner of the King Feature Syndicate, which kept Krazy Kat alive until Herriman’s death in 1944. Recently, Krazy Kat had become very popular amongst collectors, and George Herriman is heralded as one of the greatest cartoonists in the 20th century.

 

George Herriman Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
George Herriman Hand Colored Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 192
George Herriman Hand Colored Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 192...
Lot 92176
Auction 7076
Saturday, May 18, 2013
$59,750.00
George Herriman Hand Colored Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 192
George Herriman Hand Colored Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 6-25-22 (King Features Syndicate, 192...
Lot 92119
Auction 7036
Friday, August 19, 2011
$53,775.00
George Herriman - Krazy Kat Hand Colored, Full-Page Saturday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 2-25-22 (King Features Synd...
George Herriman - Krazy Kat Hand Colored, Full-Page Saturday Comic Strip Original Art, dated 2-25-22 (King Features Syndicate,...
Lot 45257
Auction 822
Saturday, November 18, 2006
$53,775.00
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 11-3-35 (King Features Syndicate, 1935)
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 11-3-35 (King Features Syndicate, 1935)....
Lot 93125
Auction 7187
Saturday, May 12, 2018
$26,290.00
George Herriman Krazy Kat "A Perilous Voyage to the Monrovia Jungles" Specialty Illustration Original Art (c...
George Herriman Krazy Kat "A Perilous Voyage to the Monrovia Jungles" Specialty Illustration Original Art (c. 1920...
Lot 93123
Auction 7187
Saturday, May 12, 2018
$10,157.50

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ItemCurrent Bid or Price
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday page du 7 mars 1937 (King Features Syndicate, 1937)
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday page du 7 mars 1937 (King Features Syndicate, 1937)....
Lot 71085
Auction 7188
Saturday, June 2, 2018
$10,000.00
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 10-3-43 (King Features Syndicate, 1943). A harbinger of...
George Herriman Krazy Kat Sunday Comic Strip Original Art dated 10-3-43 (King Features Syndicate, 1943). A harbinger of Spring... in October? This Jazz Age great is an amazing piece of U.S. cultural history. One of the first creators to completely blur the lines between what is Jazz, language, and image into a surreal yet cohesive and functional whole, Herriman remains to this day a respected forefather of the comics medium. His artistic layouts broke what few conventions there were in comic strips at that time, to show that a mere gag strip could be oh so much more. This strip features the full cast of Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse, and Offisa Pup of Coconino County. Of note in this strip is the talking plant. It doesn't say "Groot," but it does say "Poo." This amazing and wonderful strip is matted and framed. The image area measures approximately 14.5" x 22". Slight tanning. Only the missing syndication paste-up and some minor imperfections kept us from grading this higher. In Very Good condition. From the Bill Mauldin Collection.
Lot 92032
Auction 7099
Saturday, November 22, 2014
$36,000.00

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