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Blondie comic strip

Description:

This is original art panel for the comic strip “Blondie.” It features one of the strip’s most common situations, Dagwood rushing to work and colliding with Mr. Beasley, the letter carrier. The panel is signed "Young & Drake.”

The “Blondie” comic strip began on September 8, 1930. On February 17, 1933, Blondie married Dagwood Bumstead, and the comic began to take on the form it continues to have today. Chic Young (1901-1973) was the strip’s original cartoonist. After Young’s death, his son Dean worked with Jim Raymond and Stan Drake, among others, to keep the strip going.

The letter carrier Mr. Beasley became a regular on the strip not long after Dagwood and Blondie married. In 1995 the U.S. Postal Service recognized the strip’s place in American comic history by adding it to the “Comic Strip Classics” series of U.S. stamps.

Date:
July 15, 1986
Markings:
WHEN BEASLEY WENT / ON VACATION ...; YOUNG / & DRAKE 7-15 [copyright symbol] 1986 King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved
Medium:
paper; ink
Dimensions:
Overall: 3.9 x 13.1cm (1 1/2 x 5 3/16in.)
Museum ID:
1992.2057.1
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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