Syndicated comic strip artist Al Vermeer initially gained notoriety as a sports illustrator for the San Francisco News. Presented is a (2) piece lot of original 1940s Vermeer artwork. Pertaining to the Pacific Coast League these striking images remain in attractive display worthy condition. Measuring 12-3/4 x 16” and 12-3/4 12-3/8” respectively these classic illustrations depict Los Angeles Angels slugger Lou Novikoff and a WWII era “blackout” spoof. Note: All proceeds will be donated to PALS: People Assisting the Lodi Shelter--a non-profit animal rescue. More on our website.
Both items are signed by artist Vermeer.
The Novikoff piece cites partial season stats of .360BA, 30HR, 110RBI and 168H and poses the question “and which Coast Leaguer is most likely to succeed in the Majors in 1941?”, suggesting it originates from late in the 1940 PCL season. A handsome, life-like image of Novikoff is centered between four smaller comic strip type panels. Overall this fantastic professional portrayal shows a high degree of original detail with deference to very light soiling and compacting folds which do little to reduce the broad appeal of this one of a kind collectible. This piece bears a second Vermeer signature which has been personalized.
The WWII piece depicts a “sad sack” player in a San Francisco Seals uniform along with the caption “Y’mean I gotta come right out in th’ daylight where people can see me??”. A sign over the player’s right shoulder states “Mo More Night Baseball After Tonight by Order of General DeWitt”. DeWitt was present in San Francisco when Japanese warplanes flew over the SF Bay the day after the Pearl Harbor attack and ranted about the lack of blackout conditions in the city. DeWitt was the chief proponent of Japanese-American internment during WWII. This piece shows little wear with the exception of compacting folds/waves.
Both items bear adhesive/album residue on the reverse which does not affect the obverse images.
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