Monday, March 10, 2014

Pretentious Krazy

"Mary's a Grand Old Name" was a song in George M. Cohan's "45 Minutes from Broadway" which had its premier in 1906. The chorus states:
For it is Mary, Mary
Plain as any name can be
But with propriety, society
Will say Marie.

Perhaps George Herriman picked up on this Mary/Marie thing in his Krazy Kat comic strip of February 20, 1922 where the residents of Kokonino are putting on airs. Herriman colored the strip by hand after publication and presented it, appropriately, "To 'our' Mary...."

George Herriman, Original hand-colored artwork for Krazy Kat, February 20, 1922
Illustration House, Spring Premier Auction, May 21, 2005
Sold for $21,375 including the 12.5% BP

Note:  Relax, there's lots more by George Herriman on the blog here.


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