Camera-ready comic art drawing for Ferd'nand

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Ferd’nand comic strip shows the title character looking for his glasses. He cannot remember where he left them until he sits down to read the newspaper and realizes he's just broken them.
Henning Dahl Mikkelsen (1915-1982) was a Danish comic artist who worked in animation in Copenhagen and in filmmaking in London. In 1937 he created the Ferd’nand strip, which was syndicated in European and later American newspapers. Mikkelsen became an American citizen in 1954. He continued writing the strip until his death in 1982.
Ferd’nand (1937-2012) was first published in Copenhagen in 1937. It became syndicated and was first published in the United States in 1947. The characters in the strip included Ferd'nand, his wife, his son, and the family dog. The likable and extended strip also became popular with international readers because of its lack of dialogue.
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Mikkelsen, Henning Dahl
United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 12.9 cm x 40.1 cm; 5 1/16 in x 15 13/16 in
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Family & Social Life
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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