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Krazy Kat

Krazy Kat
George Herriman (1880-1944)
Krazy Kat
Ink over Pencil with scraping out
and paste-on, June 8, 1941
Prints and Photographs Division
©1941, King Features
Syndicate, Inc.
Gift of George Sturman

Creator George Herriman transformed physical space, landscape, language and character to make Krazy Kat unique among American comic strips. In this surreal adventure, Krazy Kat adores Ignatz the mouse who abuses him with bricks only to be jailed by Offissa Pup. The Library has a collection of nearly one thousand original drawings published between the 1890's and the 1990's in the Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricacture and Cartoon and the Cartoon Drawings Collection.

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