Original Jerry Marcus Comic Strips
Original Jerry Marcus comic strips are cartoons that were created by American freelance cartoonist, Jerry Marcus.
History & Description
Having dropped out of high school, Marcus enlisted in the Navy during World War II but was rejected as he was underweight. In 1943, he signed on with the Merchant Marines and shipped out on aviation fuel tankers in the North Sea. After gaining the required weight, he later joined the Navy and was posted in the Philippines with the Seabees.
Following his discharge in 1946, Marcus attended New York’s Cartoonists and Illustrators School and was later published, as a freelancer, in several publications, including Look, The Saturday Evening Post Ladies’ Home Journal and The New Yorker.
Marcus’ most well-known comic strip was entitled Trudy and was launched on March 18th 1963. According to King Features Syndicate, Trudy has been distributed to over seventy-five newspapers.
Guide for collectors
Instances of original Jerry Marcus comic strips sold through national auctioneers are extremely rare. Furthermore, it is also extremely uncommon for Jerry Marcus comic strips to be sold on eBay. However, online auction sites, such as Heritage Auctions, have in the past occasionally sold original Jerry Marcus comic strips.
For more information on Trudy and other Jerry Marcus comic strips, collectors should visit the following websites; Tony’s Trading and Lambiek.
Notable auction sales
On September 29th 2006 at Russ Cochran Comic Art in West Plains, Missouri, a Jerry Marcus cartoon entitled “Whatever you do, don’t ask him to pass anything”, published in Ladies’ Home Journal, dated February 1980, realised a price of $80.
On April 9th 2012, a Jerry Marcus cartoon entitled “OK, let ‘em in!”, published in Colliers Magazine, dated May 1950, was sold on eBay for $129.99.
On January 16th 2005, a Jerry Marcus Trudy comic strip, dated July 8th 1977, was sold on Heritage Auctions for a realised a price of $27.
On September 4th 2005, a Jerry Marcus Trudy comic strip, dated February 13th 1969, was sold on Heritage Auctions for a realised a price of $15.
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