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Skippy by Percy Crosby from 8/22/1937

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Golden Age (1938-1955)


Percy Crosby


Percy Crosby

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This is a Skippy Sunday Page by Percy Crosby. Brilliant Crosby Artwork! This was cut from the original newspaper Sunday Comics section of 1937.  Size: Full Size: 15 x 22 inches. Paper: some light tanning, otherwise: Excellent!  Pulled from Loose Sections! (Please Check Scans) Please include $5.00 Total postage on any size order (USA) $10.00 International Flat Rate. I combine postage on multiple pages. Check out my other auctions for more great vintage comicstrips and Paperdolls. Thanks for Looking!

*Some of these pages have small archival repairs on the backside.

Skippy (comic strip)

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Percy Crosby's Skippy novel (Grosset & Dunlap, 1929)

Skippy was an American comic strip written and drawn by Percy Crosby that was published from 1923 to 1945. A highly popular, acclaimed and influential feature about rambunctious fifth-grader Skippy Skinner, his friends and his enemies, it was adapted into movies, a novel and a radio show. It was commemorated on a 1997 U.S. Postal Service stamp and was the basis for a wide range of merchandising that includes Skippy peanut butter.

An early influence on cartoonist Charles Schulz and an inspiration for his Peanuts,[1] Skippy is considered one of the classics of the form. In Vanity Fair, humorist Corey Ford described it as "America's most important contribution to humor of the century",[2] while comics historian John A. Lent wrote, "The first half-century of the comics spawned many kid strips, but only one could be elevated to the status of classic... which innovated a number of sophisticated and refined touches used later by Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson..."[1] Comics artist Jerry Robinson said,

Nothing like Skippy had ever been seen before in the comic strips. It was not just Skippy's expert draftsmanship or remarkable flair, although that artistry earned its creator a reputation as "the cartoonist's cartoonist"... The brilliance of Skippy was that here was fantasy with a realistic base, the first kid cartoon with a definable and complex personality grounded in daily life.[3]

Skippy started in 1923 as a cartoon in Life and became a syndicated comic strip two years later through King Features Syndicate. Creator Crosby retained the copyright, a rarity for comic strip artists of the time.


Characters and story

The strip focused on Skippy Skinner, a young boy living in the city. Usually wearing an enormous collar and tie and a floppy checked hat, he was an odd mix of mischief and melancholy who might equally be found stealing from the corner fruit stand, failing to master skates or baseball, complaining about the adult world, or staring sadly at an old relative's grave ("And only last year she gave me a tie").

The syndicated strip was enormously popular, at one point guaranteeing Crosby $2,350 a week,[4] an enormous sum in those days. Always Belittlin' and other topper strips ran above Skippy on Crosby's Sunday page.

Grosset & Dunlap published Crosby's Skippy novel in 1929. There were Skippy dolls, toys and comic books. The strip was adapted as a movie by Paramount. A success, it won director Norman Taurog the Academy Award for Best Director and boosted the career of young star Jackie Cooper. Crosby disliked the film,[5] and though he had to allow a previously contracted sequel (Sooky) to be made the next year, he never let another Skippy movie be made.

During the WWII years, Crosby's conservative politics increasingly intruded on the strip, and it began to lose readers. Negotiations on a new contract failed, and Crosby ended Skippy in 1945. His final years were tragic; he was unable to find steady work and drifted into alcoholism. After a 1949 suicide attempt, he was placed in the asylum at Kings Park, New York, where he died in 1964, unable to secure release.

Trademark conflict

"Skippy" was first used as a trademark for peanut butter by the Rosefield Packing Co., Ltd., of Alameda, California, in 1933. Percy Crosby had the trademark invalidated in 1934, but Rosefield persisted after Crosby was committed to an asylum, and its successor companies, including Unilever, were granted rights to the trademark over the objection of Crosby's heirs. There has been much litigation on this point, some of which has continued into the 2000s.[6]


  1. ^ a b Horn, Maurice, editor. 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics (Gramercy Books, New York, 1996) p. 358. ISBN0517124475
  2. ^ Quoted in Skippy: A Complete Compilation 1925-1926, forward by Bill Blackbeard, Hyperion Press, Westport, Connecticut, 1977. ISBN 0883556294 (hardcover), ISBN 0883556284 (trade paperback)
  3. ^ Robinson, Jerry. Skippy and Percy Crosby (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1978), p. 1. ISBN 0-03-018491-6.
  4. ^ Robinson, p. 25
  5. ^ Robinson, p. 81
  6. ^ Skippy.com website

External links

  • Skippy official site


*Please note: collecting and selling comics has been my hobby for over 30 years. Due to the hours of my job I can usually only mail packages out on Saturdays. I send out Priority Mail which takes 2-3 days to arrive in the USA and Air Mail International which takes 5 -10 days depending on where you live in the world. I do not "sell" postage or packaging and charge less than the actual cost of mailing. I package items securely and wrap well. Most pages come in an Archival Sleeve with Acid Free Backing Board at no extra charge. If you are dissatisfied with an item. Let me know and I wil do my best to make it right.

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