Superman Cartoon Stock (Paramount, 1941). One Shee...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionSuperman Cartoon Stock (Paramount, 1941). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Just after Superman made his dramatic appearance in Action Comics in 1938 and rose quickly to fame, he became the subject of Hollywood speculation. Republic Pictures wanted to turn the Man of Steel into a serial, but Paramount got the rights first and decided to create a series of cartoons instead. Under the leadership of Max and Dave Fleischer, Paramount turned out 17 cartoons and those shorts are considered some of the best work to emerge from Paramount's cartoon division. Paramount did not issue individual one sheets for the series, but instead, opted to create this stock one sheet with a blank imprint area where the individual cartoon titles could be written in or printed. Featuring bright colors, this one sheet shows mild edge wear, slight fold wear and separation, handling creases, pinholes in the corners, and light edge toning. A couple of the pinholes are torn, there are a few small chips in the borders, and the verso has some small pieces of cellophane tape at the folds. There is a NSS large rubber stamp and small pencil, pen and grease pencil notations on the verso, none of which bleed through. There is written in pencil on the verso, The Aortic Giant, which was the fourth in the 17 animated shorts in the series. None of these issues are distracting and the poster is one of the best examples of this one sheet we've ever seen. It remains one of the most sought after posters in the hobby and has crossover appeal to both movie poster, animation, and comic book collectors. Folded, Very Fine-.
Estimate: $15,000 - $30,000.
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