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Milton Caniff - Steve Canyon daily 29-Sept-1952 - Miss Mizzou

Artist: Milton  Caniff (All)

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Milton Caniff - Steve Canyon daily 29-Sept-1952 - Miss Mizzou Comic Art
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Title: Milton Caniff - Steve Canyon daily 29-Sept-1952 - Miss Mizzou
Artist: Milton  Caniff (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 123
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Added to Site: 9/13/2017
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Milton Caniff became known for his storytelling... and his bevy of female characters. In Terry and the Pirates, he gave us Burma and the Dragon Lady. This continued in Steve Cayon with Feeta-Feeta (his first secretary), Summer Olson (his eventual wife), Copper Calhoun, Princess Snowflake, Convoy, Madam Lynx, Cheetah, and Doe Redwood. But, perhaps the most famous of them all is Miss Mizzou. This character was supposedly inspired by Marilyn Monroe's first calendar appearance (and is mentioned several times in the strip) but later Caniff was the judge of a yearly contest at the University of Missouri to pick a "real" Miss Mizzou. The first model was Bek Stiner.

Miss Mizzou first appeared in the strip as Steve was rushing back to propose to Summer Olson (the first time) and threw a "monkey wrench into that romance since this, like many of Steve's encounters with beautiful ladies, was just the beginning of a beautiful friendship. In that story, Miss Mizzou running away from her job as a dance-hall singer and hurriedly left dressed only in a trench coat and high heels... and that is all that keeps her from the "censor's pen" as she put it in one strip. This is from her second appearance in Steve Canyon in 1952 and this time shows her in a gown given to her by Mrs. Himmerskorn. Something a little different.

I will add that I am always amazed at the condition of some of these strips. Caniff was known for donating a vast number to Ohio State University, but he obviously gave a number to friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. From what I have learned, this daily was given to Robert Harper, who worked for the US Treasury in charge of savings bonds. He, in turn, gave it to a colleague who was an artist in the department. At some point it was framed... however the strip was(/is) glued to a piece of cardboard and secured to the mat with masking tape. I realize that original comic strips (like comic book pages) were done for production in the 1950's and held no real value (until we collectors came along), so Caniff freely used white-out on a lot of them and a lot are stained. But if you look at the scan, you can see the masking tape around all edges. Archival framing was just not "in" in the 1950's!


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Jim Reid
Member Since 2005

Posted on 9/14/2017

A very sweet Daily. A simple scene, nicely done by the great story-teller.

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