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Lot 27. Walter Lantz. (1899-1994). American motion-picture animator, cartoon producer, and creator of the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. While working as an auto mechanic, Lantz got his first break in the art world. A well-to-do customer, Fred Kafka, liked his drawings on the garage's bulletin board. He bankrolled his studies at New York City's Art Students League. By the time he was sixteen, Lantz was working behind the camera in the animation department under the supervision of director Gregory La Cava. By 1927 he moved to Hollywood, California where he worked briefly for director Frank Capra and then was a gag writer for Mack Sennett comedies. In 1928, Lantz was hired by Charles B. Mintz as a director on the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon series for Universal. After the Oswald series ran its course, Lantz decided to try out a few new characters. His most successful creation came in 1940 with Woody Woodpecker. Lantz later created Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, and Wally Walrus.

5.5x3.5 card with ink sketch of Woody signed and inscribed in black ink and dated 1987.

In very good condition.

MB. $75. Est. $200

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