"Embarrassing Moments" Daily Comic Strip Panel, dated 12-9 and docketed in pencil at top margin 1931. Also along the top margin in pencil is the title, "'Embarrassing Moments' Geo Herriman." Unsigned.
The embarrassing moment is captioned, "Being a bit too proud to have had your tailor patch your trousers - you'd given the job to your dear wife - and so found out that she was very color blind." Printed "1931 King Features Syndicate" strip is laid onto artwork between drawing and caption. The art measures 7 x 7 inches on drawing board measuring 8.25 x 8.75 inches. Artwork is in fine condition, margins are soiled at edges.
In 1910, Herriman launched "The Dingbat Family," later renamed "The Family Upstairs," for The New York Evening Journal, a Hearst paper. An interesting side note is that Herriman is credited with creating the word, "dingbat." The strip featured the adventures of an ordinary family dealing with their annoying upstairs neighbors. Herriman was the first to use the word "dingbat" to indicate a silly, empty-headed person. [see george herriman biography on line] Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse began as space fillers for The Family Upstairs then expanded into their own comic strip. King Feature Syndicate owned by William Randolph Hearst supported Herriman's art throughout his career. Herriman's comics did not enjoy a mass following, but they were popular among an artistic and intellectual set [see george herriman biography on line].