Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Jungle Jim #1 – origin and first appearance.

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Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Jungle Jim #1 – origin and first appearance.
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1. Alex Raymond original Sunday comic strip artwork for Jungle Jim #1 - the origin and first appearance of the popular jungle adventure. (1933, King Features Syndicate, Inc.; published January 7, 1934). Accomplished in pencil and ink on 28.25 x 13.25 in. illustration board. In the bottom center panel marked ""No 1"" in ink. On left and right margins marked ""No. 1"" and ""#1"" on top in blue pencil. In late 1933, King Features Syndicate assigned Alexander Raymond and ghostwriter Don Moore to create a Sunday page to compete against the popular Tarzan by Hal Foster. Unlike Tarzan and other jungle-themed comics set in Africa, Jungle Jim was an adventure saga set in Southeast Asia. Raymond's exquisitely dynamic jungle artwork featuring exotic animals and foliage served as the perfect companion to his complimentary strip, space opera adventure Flash Gordon - both launching simultaneously on January 7, 1934 - with Jungle Jim appearing above Flash in newspapers. Named after Alex's brother, Jim Raymond, the world was introduced to ""Jungle Jim' Bradley, hunter, trapper, explorer"" as he was preparing his evening meal only to be attacked by a ferocious tiger. After killing the beast in self-defense, our hero hears a cry for help in the distance. Thus began the jungle adventure that, by the late 1930s, was published in 130 newspapers across the globe, translated into eight languages, and read by over 50 million people. The Adventures of Jungle Jim radio series premiered in 1935 and Universal released a 12-part Jungle Jim movie serial in 1937. From 1948-1955, Columbia Pictures produced a series of 16 Jungle Jim movies starring former Olympian Johnny Weissmuller, who had gained fame playing Tarzan. Alex Raymond was encouraged to draw by his father at an early age, and by 1930 he became an assistant illustrator working with cartoonist Russ Westover on his Tillie the Toiler comic strip. Through this association, Raymond was introduced to William Randolph Hearst's King Features Syndicate where he later became a staff artist and produced his best work. Alex Raymond's realistic style and skillful use of feathering (a mid-tone shading technique using a series of parallel lines to give form and volume to objects and figures) influenced comic luminaries such as Jack Kirby, Russ Manning, Bob Kane and Al Williamson, just to name a few. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the Alex Raymond artwork marking the origin and debut of the popular character, as well as being the topper strip marking the genesis of Flash Gordon - the most important and influential comic strip in history! A gem among the remaining artwork from the Golden Age. Worthy of inclusion in the finest collections and institutions. Expected uniform tanning with two stains present on a single panel (not affecting image of the tiger); tape affixed on verso along perimeter. An extraordinary example of 87-year-old commercial artwork that presents beautifully. $75,000 - $100,000