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Winsor McCay, His Life and Art - Revised and Expanded Edition

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An illustrated biography of the comic strip creator and animator. Introduction by Maurice Sendak. Out of print.

From the publisher:

This volume is the only existing biography of one of America's greatest and most influential cartoonists. Winsor McCay (1867-1934) is universally acknowledged as the first master of both the comic strip and the animated cartoon. Although invented by others, both genres were developed into enduring popular art of the highest imagination through McCay's innovative genius. Originally published in 1987, it is now back in print in a newly expanded and revised edition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Little Nemo in Slumberland. Included are new materials found since the previous publication of the book such as new comic strips of Little Nemo in Slumberland, and new sketches of Gertie the Dinosaur.

In the book the author reviews and fully analyzes McCay's achievements in print and film while examining his work in relation to his life, family, and to American culture and values of the period. This painstakingly thorough biography begins with McCay's childhood in Michigan to his seat as one of the greatest of the early animators.

This came from the library of Burny Mattinson (1935-2023), an animator, director, producer, and story artist for Walt Disney Animation Studios, from 1953 until his death in 2023. Mattinson directed Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Great Mouse Detective. He was named a Disney Legend in 2008 and was the longest serving employee of The Walt Disney Company, with a career that spanned almost 70 years. His extensive library included numerous subjects and especially large collections of books on Disney, animation, and classic comic strips.


Winsor McCay
John Canemaker

Condition & Attributes

Near Fine in Near Fine dustjacket (remainder mark, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, interior Very Fine)
From the library of Disney Legend Burny Mattinson



Publishing Information

New York
1st revised printing

Physical Description

12.3 inches
10.5 inches
272 pages
40 color and 190 black & white illustrations
pictorial boards