Camera-ready comic art drawing for Abbie an' Slats

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Abbie an’ Slats comic strip shows Kit trying to irritate Miss Abbie by proposing to host a party and to demolish Miss Abbie’s apartment.
Raeburn Van Buren (1891-1987) started his career as a freelance illustrator for magazines such as Life and The Saturday Evening Post. He quickly became one of the country’s most recognized magazine illustrators and eventually began drawing for Esquire and The New Yorker as well. In 1937 fellow artist Al Capp approached Van Buren with an offer to draw Capp's new comic strip, Abbie an’ Slats. Van Buren drew the strip until his retirement in 1971.
Abbie an’ Slats (1937-1971) was a story about a young orphaned boy from New York, Slats, who goes to live in the country with a spinster cousin named Abbie. Slats is headstrong and rebellious, and often disagrees with Abbie and her straight-laced sister, Sally.
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date made
graphic artist
Van Buren, Raeburn
United Feature Syndicate, Inc.
graphic artist
Capp, Al
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 17.8 cm x 53.4 cm; 7 in x 21 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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