Tales of the Jungle Imps

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Tales of the Jungle Imps by Winsor McCay  (1385-) 1st Sunday January 11, 1903 - Two Years before he created Little Nemo in Slumberland,   Winsor McCay produced Tales of the Jungle Imps for a mere 43 weeks with the poetic assistance of George Randolph Chester.  Although this was not his first comic-page work,   it is certainly his first regularly published series and some of his earliest in full-color.   On spectacular pages of paneled illustrations and rhyme,  McCay drew pictures for these wonderful nature allegories.  Certainly these pages were intended to expand on Rudyard Kipling's 'Just So Stories'.  As excellent as these pages are,  they are matched by their rarity.  Only a few great and important strips were printed in exclusive newspapers.   The Yellow Kid was printed in the New York World, then New York Journal.    Kin-der-kids and Wee Willie Winikle were printed in the Chicago Tribune.    All of these were big-city newspapers.   Tales of the Jungle Imps has the distinction of being printed only in the Cincinnati Enquirer.   The Enquirer was a fine paper but had only a fraction of the circulation of the big-city papers.  Surviving examples in any condition are in extraordinary demand at highest premium.    

A note on Tales of the Jungle Imps    In 2003,  Checker Book Publishing produced "Winsor McCay - Early Works'.   This fine book reprints 39 of these pages in Black and White.    It established a benchmark for reprinted these pages in a comprehansive manner for which I know of none better.    Unless noted,  any pages listed below can be found in this book.

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Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S1385-0001 1903/03/15 - F P/P/FR $225.00 "How the Lion got his Roar"   This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.   All panels are complete although margin chipping meets panels extensively on the left and upper right.  Ten thin yellowed cellophane tape repairs intrude into panels and centercrease.   Regardless,  all of text is fully legible.  Except for the center,   meat of the illustrations are undamaged. 
S1385-0002 1903/03/29 - F P/P/FR $200.00 "How the Ostrich got so Tall" not in Winsor McCay - Early Works    This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.   All margins are trimmed to panel.  Paper loss reaches into the bottom left panel about 1 inch.  All other panels are complete.    The paper was krinkled in spots - evidently before being pasted to the cardboard.   The paste-job masks tears in the upper middle and near centercrease.  All of text is fully legible as are the meat of the illustrations.   This page does not appear in Winsor McCay - Early Works.
S1385-0003 1903/03/29 - F P/P/P $80.00 "How the Ostrich got so Tall" not in Winsor McCay - Early Works   This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.   Severe Paper loss reaches from the left center margin 4 inches deep into panels and for a vertical length of 6 inches.  There is much chipping on the right center  reaching in about an inch and in the dead center for an inch.  The paper loss classifies this as a remnant.    This page does not appear in Winsor McCay - Early Works.
S1385-0004 1903/04/05? - F P/P/P $60.00 "How the Guinea Pig Lost his Tail" This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.   Severe Paper loss reaches across the entire top down an estimate 4-5 inches.   The entire title is gone.    The rest of the page is trimmed to panel.   There is krinkling within the bottom panel left.    The paper loss classifies this as a remnant.    
S1385-0005 1903/07/12 - F P/P/P $100.00 "How the Peacock got his Tail" This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.   Paper loss reaches from the left center margin 1 1/2 inches deep into panels and for a vertical length of 3 inches.   There is much minor chipping horizontal and vertical along centercrease which is masked by the paste job.   Vertical foxing comes from the top-center down to the middle.  Most text and panels are complete.   
S1385-0006 1903/07/19 - F P/P/FR $350.00 "How the Cinnamon bear turned brown" This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.  No significant paper loss, all panels and margins are complete.   There is horizontal and vertical krinkling on the axis of the center.  The edges are dirty on the margins top and bottom.  All text and illustrations are fully legible. 
S1385-0007 1903/08/16 - F P/P/P $120.00 "How the Booby Bird got even" This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.  Paper loss reaches from the right center margin 1 1/2 inches deep into panels and for a vertical length of 2 inches.   Two more chips are in the text area upper right and at the center fold.    Vertical fold is evident.  Most text and panels are complete.      
S1385-0008 1903/10/04 - F P/P/FR $240.00 "Why the Bat Hangs Upside Down" This page is permanently affixed to black construction paper and cannot be safely removed.  Paper loss chips are along the total.  There are tears in the upper and lower left panels which are masked somewhat by the paste job.   Most text and panels are complete.      
S1385-0009 1903/10/25 - F G/G-VG/G $1200.00 "Halloween in the Jungle" This page is creamy white and quite supple.    Margins are full, registration and colors are good.    This is an extraordinary page,  extremely collectable.

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