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    Skippy (Paramount, 1931). Insert (14" X 36").
    One of the most important and influential American comic strips of the 20th century, the adventures of eternal fifth grader Skippy Skinner were brought to life by cartoonist Percy Crosby, initially in the pages of Life magazine and, two years later, as a syndicated newspaper strip. Crosby's deft melding of everyday reality and humorous fantasy proved a winning combination, and soon Skippy media and merchandise was everywhere: card games, coloring books, ice cream, toys, movies, novels, articles of clothing, comic books, lamps, and more. As part of the licensing juggernaut that was Skippy, Crosby sold the motion picture rights to his character to Paramount, who released an eponymously-titled film in 1931, starring nine-year-old Jackie Cooper in his first feature film. The story was about Skippy and his friends (played by Jackie Searl, Mitzi Green, and Robert Coogan) attempting to raise enough money to buy a license for Coogan's pet dog. Bypassing the inherent cynicism of Crosby's strip, the film opted for a more sentimental take on the character, a decision that audiences of the day found most appealing. The result was four Academy Award nominations - including Best Actor (Cooper), Best Picture (the only movie based on a comic book or strip to be so nominated to this date), Best Writing, and Best Director (Norman Taurog). The poster shows spots of paint in the image and title, a small lift and hole in the leg, a few small holes, a stain in the title, and surface wear with some soiling. Rolled, Fine.

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