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via ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive by Stephen Worth on 5/26/09

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Cliff Sterrett Polly and her Pals
Chic Young was one of the most successful newspaper cartoonists of his time. His first syndicated strip, Dumb Dora ran from 1924 to 1930. He retired the strip to create a "pretty girl" comic (ala Polly & her Pals) titled Blondie. It was an instant hit. Young penned Blondie until his death in 1973. The strip is still in print, under the byline of his son, Dean.

Chic Young's Blondie
The other day, Archive supporter Joe Campana stopped by for a visit. He brought along a book for us to digitize... Comics And Their Creators was written by Martin Sheridan in 1942. It's a treasure trove of biographical information on great comic strip artists. Today, I am presenting the chapter on Chic Young, along with some rare original Sunday pages from the collection of Marc Crisafulli.

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Here are some of the very earliest Blondie Sunday pages...

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July 19th, 1931

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August 9th, 1931

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August 16th, 1931

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August 23rd, 1931

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September 6th, 1931

Many thanks to Marc Crisafulli for sharing these rare original comics pages with us; and to Joe Campana of Animation Who And Where for lending us Comics And Their Creators.

For more info on Chic Young, see... Byrnes' Complete Guide To Cartooning Part Two and People On Paper. Also see... Polly & Her Pals Part One, Part Two and Part Three. Also see... Milt Gross Sunday Pages Part One, Part Two and Part Three and Part Four; and Rube Goldberg's Side Show.

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