ALL THE FUNNY FOLKS: THE WONDER TALE OF HOW THE COMIC-STRIP CHARACTERS LIVE AND LOVE "BEHIND THE SCENES." Jack Lait, Louis Biedermann.
ALL THE FUNNY FOLKS: THE WONDER TALE OF HOW THE COMIC-STRIP CHARACTERS LIVE AND LOVE "BEHIND THE SCENES."

ALL THE FUNNY FOLKS: THE WONDER TALE OF HOW THE COMIC-STRIP CHARACTERS LIVE AND LOVE "BEHIND THE SCENES."

New York: The World Today, Inc., [1926]. Quarto, pp. [1-9] 10-112, color illustrations by Louis Biedermann, original green cloth, spine panel lettered in gold, color pictorial onlay affixed to front panel, pictorial endpapers. First edition. A story by Jack Lait featuring 1920's comic characters created by George McManus, George Herriman, Frederick Burr Opper, Reuben L. Goldberg, E. C. Segar, Chester Gould, all shown interacting -- at a banquet, the races (a match between Spark Plug and Maud), and at a wedding -- in color drawings (some double page) by Louis Biedermann. Louis Biederman worked as a staff assistant at King Features at this time, filling in when cartoonists went on vacation, inking different cartoonists work and pitching in on the lettering. This allowed Biederman to develop the skill of being able to copy any of the cartoonists at King features and it was he who was assigned the artwork in this book. To write the book, King Features brought in erstwhile Hollywood scriptwriter, playwright and newspaper columnist Jack Lait, who would later co-author "New York Confidential", "Chicago Confidential" and "Washington Confidential". This duo created what was in essence a marketing book about the stable of comic characters at King Features. Though the book itself is not rare, the wraparound dustwrapper containing all the Hearts/King Features characters is scarce. A fine copy in the rarely seen pictorial dust jacket, with short tears and creasing along the bottom edge, but intact with some loss, but only to spine ends. Uncommon in superior condition, especially in the jacket. (15701). Item #15701

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