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Media Type: Pencil and Ink
Art Type: Strip Art
Status: Sold
Artists: George Herriman pencils and inks

Krazy Kat evolved from an earlier comic strip of Herriman's, The Dingbat Family, which started in June 1910 and was later renamed "The Family Upstairs". This comic chronicled the Dingbats' attempts to avoid the mischief of the mysterious unseen family living in the apartment above theirs and to unmask that family. This particular funny strip is form 1912 but It doesn't have the actual date on it. This strip is quite large, on art board measuring 28.5 by 10.7 inches. This strip gives new meaning to the phrase: "HOLD THE BRIDGE!" when creating a silent movie from that time. LOL, But the bottom of this nicely drawn strip features our 2 great characters (Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse) with VERY racist dialogue, as they talk about "CHINKS" and those CHINKS "HITTING THE PIPES" (Referring to opium use) with of course, Ignatz Mouse taking a club and smashing Krazy Kat in the head! Herriman would complete these Dingbats cartoons about the Dingbats, and finding himself with time left over in his 8-hour work day, filled the bottom of the strip with slapstick drawings of the upstairs family's mouse (Ignatz Mouse) preying upon the Dingbats' cat (Krazy Kat) This "basement strip" grew into something much larger than the original cartoon. It became a daily comic strip with a title (running vertically down the side of the page) on October 28, 1913 and a black and white full-page Sunday cartoon on April 23, 1916. Due to the objections of editors, who didn't think it was suitable for the comics sections, Krazy Kat originally appeared in the Hearst papers' art and drama sections. Hearst himself, however, enjoyed the strip so much that he gave Herriman a lifetime contract and guaranteed the cartoonist complete creative freedom. The cat-and-mouse substrip was gaining in popularity; instead of filling up space in the bottom of The Dingbat Family's panels, it began to occupy a tier of panels of its own. In July 1912, while Herriman had the Dingbats on vacation, Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse took over the strip, which was retitled Krazy Kat and I. Mouse for the duration. On October 28, 1913, Krazy Kat debuted as an independent strip on the daily comics page. During the first few years of publication, Krazy Kat's humor changed from slapstick to a more vaudevillian kind. The shifting backgrounds became increasingly bizarre, presaging things to come. The strip expanded to a full-page black-and-white Sunday strip on April 23, 1916. Herriman made full use of his imagination and used the whole page in the strip's layout. The strips were unlike anything else on the comics page; spontaneous, formally daring, yet impeccably composed. ALL art on our website (including this one) are able to be purchased with VERY fair time payments, and trades are always considered towards "ANY" art on our website! Just send us an email to and we can try to work something out.