Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Garry Trudeau Plays Ball

Yesterday we looked at a baseball drawn upon by none other than cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and noted that his drawing of Snoopy made it the most desirable baseball from what arguably may be the best collection of baseballs drawn upon by cartoonists anywhere. Yet it does not have the honor of being the most expensive baseball embellished by a cartoonist listed on eBay at the present moment. That distinction belongs to a baseball signed by five prominent newspaper comic strip cartoonists and offered by eBay seller historydirect. They are Garry Trudeau ("Doonesbury"), Brad Anderson ("Marmaduke"), Tom Wilson ("Ziggy"), Bil Keane ("The Family Circus"), and Mort Walker ("Beetle Bailey"). Collector Rick Kain did a nice job putting this one together.

EBay Listing

EBay Item Description

Note:  Besides attending batting practice, the best way to prepare for the World Series is to review my blog posts about baseball.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Charles M. Schulz Plays Ball

The eBay seller says it best:  "We are breaking up one of the best cartoonists-drawn-on-baseball collections in the world" and "This is the best ball in the collection." Right on both counts. It follows then that this baseball with an original drawing of Snoopy by "Peanuts" cartoonist Charles M. Schulz done in 1998 might just be one of the best novelties of its type anywhere. It even comes with superb documentation.

EBay Listing
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Note:  In the run-up to the World Series, I am doing my part. Read the unique sort of baseball posts you won't find anywhere else.

Predictably, there are more posts on "Peanuts" as well.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Will Elder Plays Ball

In honor of the coming World Series, we're having a look at some signed baseballs here on the blog. To be sure, they're signed by cartoonists and not by ballplayers, but you can't have everything.

Besides bearing signatures, they also have drawings. Little Annie Fanny appears in color on this baseball signed by Will Elder. The ball is available right now on eBay. Buy it today before the Baseball Hall of Fame gets wind of this.

EBay Item Description

Note:  Enjoy more posts about baseball to welcome in the World Series.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #446

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #446 for October 13, 2014. The drawing is by P. C. Vey.

"If you can't stand the heat, go into the kitchen."

Here are a couple more of my captions that simply weren't worthy of a five-star menu:

"I hope you like pot luck."
"I've been burned here before."

October 20, 2014 Update: The Finalists

Note: Last week cartoonist Tom Cheney took us to an automobile showroom offering a menacing creature that seemed to be half-car, half-beast. Crafting a winning caption for such an incongruous subject would require a careful command of comic nuance along with an offbeat flair for the unconventional possibilities of language. I submitted a fart joke. See the highly-combustible results of Contest #445.

P. C. Vey's zany cartoons are well-suited to the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest. See how I've approached his cartoons in the archives.


Friday, October 17, 2014

First Edition: Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The first English edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" hit the bookstalls in January of 1886, although the year 1885 had been printed on the cover. Publication was postponed to avoid competition with seasonal Christmas books; hence the date had to be corrected by hand. This edition cost only a shilling. It was to prove Stevenson's most enduring shorter work of fiction.

This copy will be offered at Swann Galleries on November 18.

Robert Louis Stevenson, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" first edition, 1886


Note:  Check out my book review of Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eldon Dedini: Cartoonists are not Movie Stars

In what appears to be a presentation drawing on letter paper, Eldon Dedini has drawn one of his self-portraits as a satyr and explained, "Cartoonists are not movie stars and don't have photos of themselves!" The sheet was folded in three to fit into a mailing envelope. It was sold recently on eBay for $79.99.

Eldon Dedini, "Cartoonists are not movie stars and don't have photos of themselves!"
Inscribed and signed "Greetings, Roy Loh!/Eldon Dedini"

EBay Item Listing

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Here's another example currently offered by History for Sale with the same inscription. It seems Dedini may have returned to this idea with an original drawing on those occasions when someone asked for a signed photograph.
Eldon Dedini, "Cartoonists are not movie stars and don't have photos of themselves!"
Inscribed and signed "Greetings to/Stan's Place!/Eldon Dedini"


Note:  Click on the link for more posts about Eldon Dedini.

They're unusual but not unheard of. See a signed photograph of cartoonist Ronald Searle. Better still, see the drawing Searle provided in 1947 to a Miss Kerley when he didn't have a photo on hand.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eldon Dedini Plays Ball

The eBay auction listing starts out with, "We are breaking up one of the best cartoonists-drawn-on-baseball collections in the world." One of the best? This is a thing? And all this time I thought collectable baseballs should be signed by ballplayers.

Still, I like this idea. A "cartoonist-drawn-on-baseball"--there has to be a better name for this--by Eldon Dedini is quite entertaining. He's drawn his signature satyr on the ball twice and still had room for a signature and dedication. At $39.95, that's getting your money's worth.

EBay Listing

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Note:  Who needs a baseball signed by Babe Ruth? Eldon Dedini draws better.

Just to be clear, the Chris Paolini to whom this baseball is dedicated is a cartoon collector and not a kid who writes books about dragons and such. He could still put together a great book, but it would likely be about how to assemble a superb cartoon collection. Put me down for an advance copy.

In case you didn't know, the baseball postseason is well-underway, or so I hear.


Friday, October 10, 2014

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #445

Here is my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #445 for October 6, 2014. The drawing is by Tom Cheney.

"It makes its own gas."

October 13, 2014 Update:  The Finalists

Note:  In last week's contest, Carolita Johnson went fishing. My caption was not hooked. See the unscalable results of Contest #444.

Tom Cheney cartoons in the Caption Contest are the scourge of this blogger. See all the ways I've gone wrong.

This is the fourth Columbus Day weekend my blog has been through and yet I have only one Columbus Day post.


Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Dedini Group Medical Plan

Are you satisfied with your health plan? Why not take a look at cartoonist Eldon Dedini's? The Dedini Group Medical Plan covers preexisting conditions including satyriasis and nymphomania.

Eldon Dedini, drawing of a medically equipped satyr and nymph. The word balloon says "Now, Larry, here's my plan..." Inscribed "Greetings and love/We're thinking of/you! The Dedini/Group Medical Plan"

Detail of satyr

Detail of nymph

Inscription by Eldon Dedini

EBay listing

Note:  Here are some older blog posts featuring Eldon Dedini including my only Columbus Day post.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A Schooner by 10-Year-Old Charles Addams

A pencil drawing of a schooner made by Charles Addams at the age of ten has been available on eBay for the past two years or so. The drawing shows a carefully-rendered schooner along with a lighthouse and a biplane. These subjects are shown in side view with little perspective, making the rendering seem somewhat schematic.

I do not recall the juvenilia of any cartoonist making its way to the market, although I suppose it must happen occasionally. It's remarkable to see the early work of someone of Addams's stature. The subject matter is interesting to me because despite the early date it's related to some of the artist's celebrated work, including lighthouses that appeared on the cover of the New Yorker. I have added some of Addams's later work below the eBay listing for comparison.

The seller acknowledges that the drawing is in fair condition. There seems to be moderate foxing. The lofty $12,500 offering price hasn't changed in two years. The Make Offer option is available.

Charles Addams's signature, age 10
Charles Addams, A Schooner, 1922
Detail of schooner
Detail of ships in the background
Detail of biplane

Detail of biplane

EBay November 2012 Listing

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Almost fifty years later, the mature Addams handled a similar sailing subject in a New Yorker cartoon:
Charles Addams, "Check this one in the rulebook, Rutherford."
The New Yorker,
October 17, 1970, page 38

In addition, Addams contributed two New Yorker covers with lighthouse subjects:
Charles Addams, The New Yorker, February 10, 1951
Charles Addams, The New Yorker, June 23, 1973

October 19, 2014 Update:  The eBay seller has cut the asking price in half.
EBay Listing, October 23, 2014

Note:  Don't miss my older posts on the older Charles Addams.