Hello, Jim---Back in the late 70's, I had a similar experience. A fellow in West Virginia sent me a xerox of an "original" 1929 CONNIE daily he was asking $1000. for. It looked odd, lines broke strangely, the syndicate paste-on looked shaky, the size was small...He said the copy was life-size.It would have been the right size for a '29 BRINGING UP FATHER, but a CONNIE, (and all Ledger Syndicate dailies) are as large as a gorilla's arm! I called him on it, and he feined all manner of ignorance---he said it was found at an estate auction, or something. He simply gave it to me as a "curio" (From a thousand bucks to free in a week!) It was hand-made camera obscura work, swiped from the Hyperion CONNIE book, printing glitches intact, with a hand-drawn syndicate sticker! Later I found out this guy was trying to peddle phony TARZAN, SKIPPY, BUCK ROGERS, and more at comic cons. Could it be the same hombre you encountered?-----Cole Johnson.
My name is Allan Holtz. I am a comic strip historian, and author of "American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide." This blog is my outlet for all manner of interesting, oddball and rare material related to comic strip history. It is also a forum where others interested in comic strip history are encouraged to participate through the comments, or even by contributing articles.
Have some information about a strip or cartoonist you'd like to share? I'd love to hear from you! You can post a comment on any post (click on 'Post a Comment' at the end of any post), or email me (see below).
Note: All images on this blog are thumbnails - click on the images to see full size readable versions. Some browsers may require you to click on the image a second time to see the image at absolute full size (not reduced to fit your screen).
All editorial matter on this blog is copyright 2005-16 Allan Holtz, except editorial matter in posts signed by Alex Jay, and may not
be reproduced without permission. All Rights Reserved.
All images of comic strip art are copyright by their respective copyright holders
except those in public domain. If you are the copyright holder of an image
displayed on this blog and would like a specific copyright displayed, or believe
the display transcends fair use, please contact me.