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ERNIE BUSHMILLER Nancy daily (1946) Underworld vs Undie-World * NOT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE *
|ERNIE BUSHMILLER • Nancy daily (1946) •
Underworld vs. Undie-World
Perhaps no other cartoonist inspires such fierce debate as
Ernie Bushmiller. His creation “Nancy” is revered by many
and reviled by others. If you “get it,” the humor in Nancy
is inventive and sublime. If you don’t, it is merely dumb.
But virtually no one denies the consummate craftsmanship
of a vintage Bushmiller original.
No one’s line is cleaner, no composition better balanced,
no strip more the “essence” of pure cartooning —and no
hair on Nancy’s trademark head is irregular or imperfect.
Bushmiller’s gags often revolved around word play and here
we get confusion between the tough “underworld”
neighborhood Sluggo wants to visit and the “undie-world”
shop Nancy prefers.
This original features both major characters and sexy
1940s lingerie, hand drawn by cult inspirer Bushmiller—
what more can you ask for??
Medium/Size/Condition: Brush, pen, and ink
on Strathmore Bristol board measuring 20¾ x 6¼ inches.
Signed and dated (11/20/46) in lower right. Excellent
Provenance: From the collection of James
Kitchen, who edited several volumes of Nancy collections
for Kitchen Sink Press, and who received this original as
a present from his brother Denis. Inscribed on reverse:
“Jim—Merry Xmas ’89 —Denis”
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