A few thoughts on collecting original art by Frank Godwin for the “Rusty Riley” comic strip . . .

My impression is that a lot of collectors kind of place a premium on Rusty Riley original art that shows horses.  I believe that dealers have been known to kind of play-up that aspect of an original strip when offering it for sale. An old Heritage Auctions listing says, “Any Rusty Riley original art featuring a racehorse is always a coveted example.”

I don’t think I would go that far, personally. It is just as valid to place a bit more stress on the question of “which characters are portrayed.” I am fortunate in owning the art for the May 5, 1957, strip, which has eight panels, populated as follows:

Rusty is in seven panels.

Patty is in seven panels.

Buckshot is in six panels.

Helen is in five panels.

Mr. Miles is in two panels.

The only major, ongoing character who is absent from that strip is Tex Purdy.

—Tom Sawyer

March 3, 2012

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