ELZIE SEGAR

TLS, “Segar,” 1 p., 4to., May 10, 1938, n.p.  The creator of Popeye writes to well-known collector Lionel Aucoin.  In full:  “I have your recent request for an autographed drawing of Popeye.  And I greatly regret that I am forced to send this reply rather than the sketch.  I recent [sic] spent several months in the hospital, and what with operations I am still unable to produce any more work than absolutely necessary to keep Popeye and his associates in the newspapers.  I trust you will understand the situation and not judge me too severely in the matter.  Best wishes, and, believe me, i am Sincerely yours.”  Fine condition, with expected mailing folds.  Segar passed away five months after this letter was sent.  Scarce.

$300