Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Little Nemo in Freudland

I grew up owning, reading and appreciating fantastic collections of early and classic comic strip art, particularly the surreal Little Nemo In Slumberland by Winsor McCay and my absolute favorite, the wistful antics of George Herriman's Krazy Kat.

Nemo was published in newspapers off and on from 1905 to 1927 and has existed as reprints in various forms including the cinema ever since. I don't recall ever seeing this Little Nemo scene as it was reprinted in a Golden Age comic but I'm sure to have missed a few pages over the years. If there was any strip I thought would be the last one to contain early Seduction of the Innocent imagery it would have been Little Nemo. The art and story of this short tale appears to be consistent with the style of latter-years McCay so I am guessing this is a reprint of an earlier Sunday strip and not that of another artist aping the style with permission of the McCay estate.

Little Nemo appearance in Blue Ribbon #1
From Blue Ribbon #1 (Nov 1939)


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