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YOUNG, Lyman. Tim Tyler in the Jungle. Chicago: Pleasure Books, (1935). Slim, square octavo, staple-bound as issued, original printed pictorial paper boards, pictorial "pop-up" endpapers; pp. 20. $950.
First edition of this pop-up book based on a popular 1930s comic strip, with numerous in-text black-and-white illustrations and three two-page color “pop-ups".
Lyman Young's boys' adventure comic strip Tim Tyler's Luck debuted in 1928 and ran until 1996; however, it is perhaps best remembered for its influence on other notable cartoonists. Alex Raymond, who would go on to create Flash Gordon, ghosted the strip for most of 1933, and Charles M. Schultz learned to draw, in part, by imitating Young's "realistic settings, which offered precisely drawn panoramas and deep perspectives… He copied Young's simplified forms, learning with his hand how cartoonists obtain their effects" (Michaelis, 78). In this dramatically illustrated adventure, boasting three two-page color "pop-up" spreads (two of which serve as endpapers), Montanaro, 311. Letters on boards neatly outlined by a child owner. Early price sharpied on front board.
Expert repairs to pop-ups and text block, light soiling, mild wear, and a bit of toning to text and boards, inoffensive pencil tracing to front cover. A very good copy.