It's extremely rare to see a signed and personalized Popeye drawing done by a Fleischer animator - especially a great one like Abner. Blog reader Paul Narcisse is the lucky owner of one such drawing and gave me the story behind it:
'I was wondering if you could help me with more information about Abner (Kneitel) since I have a sketch from him. My Grandfather was a doctor and Abner was a patient of his. I have a pencil sketch of Popeye signed by Abner dated 12/3/1935, with a personal thank you written on the 8x10 picture.'
I am glad that I saved it from my aunts who wanted to sell it, the monetary value could not replace the sentimental value.'
The yellowing edge on the mat indicates it's not acid-free. I strongly recommend re-framing the drawing with archival matting, archival acetate corners (rather than tape) & UV glass. This will greatly help preserve this priceless treasure.
That is some terrific early Popeye drawing. And so clean! A total treasure. Thanks!
Wow! That's really quite a find! Paul is lucky to own something that great! wow!!!
This thing is rarer than hens' teeth.
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