Pat Sullivan's Felix the Cat, no. 70

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Title

Pat Sullivan's Felix the Cat, no. 70

Description

Felix the Cat first appeared in animated films in 1919. Produced by the Pat Sullivan studio and drawn by Otto Messmer, Felix the Cat has been a mainstay of popular culture since that moment, and began appearing in a syndicated newspaper comic strip in 1923. As Nicholas Sammond has argued, Felix borrowed directly from the conventions of minstrelsy and vaudeville performance, from the cat's facial expressions and movements to the world in which his adventures take place: "It was nowhere and everywhere, ephemeral and immanent" (117). (Reference: Nicholas Sammond, Birth of an Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation. Durham: Duke UP, 2015.)

Publisher

Date

Contributor

Harvey, Leon H. (Leon Harvey), 1901- (Editor)
Oriolo, Joe (Penciler)

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Language

English

Type

Still image

Identifier

patsullivanfelix_070_cover.jpg

Citation

“Pat Sullivan's Felix the Cat, no. 70,” Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT Libraries, accessed December 5, 2021, https://cary-exhibits.rit.edu/items/show/213.