Spareribs and Gravy. "I've got a scheme to square...

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Eight-frame comic strip. Spareribs comes up with a scheme to appease an African king. He dresses Gravy up in a bearskin he has stolen from the palace. Spareribs pretends that he has acquired a dancing bear, which pleases the king. He tells Spareribs to put Gravy in the cage with other bears, but Gravy resists. Spareribs pulls so hard on Gravy's leash, that the head comes off the bear costume. The king has Spareribs and Gravy put into chains.

Part of the U.S. Library of Congress's Caroline and Erwin Swann collection of caricature & cartoon (Library of Congress).

McManus, George, 1884-1954, artist
  • Comics--American--1910-1920.
  • Drawings--American--1910-1920.
  • Periodical illustrations--American--1910-1920.
  • 1 drawing : India ink over pencil, with scraping out on bristol board ; 47.0 x 46.9 cm. (sheet)
  • No copyright information found with item.
  • Signed, lower left, eighth frame: G. McManus.
  • Bequest and gift; Caroline and Erwin Swann; 1974; (DLC/PP-1974:232.1428)
  • Published in: New York World, Aug. 4, 1912.
  • Exhibited: University of Maryland, "The Art of the comic Strip," 1971; Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, "The Art of the Comic Strip," 1972-1974.


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