""The Real McCoys""   Lot no. 2309

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Aug. 3, 1958 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil Overlay on Board
Signed Lower Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Kathy Nolan as Kate, Walter Brennan as `Grampa` Amos & Michael Winkelman as Little Luke in `The Real McCoys`, the hit ABC-TV sitcom deemed the first `rube-com`. Missing here is co-star Richard Crenna. The show was in the Top 10 thru most of its 1957-62 ABC run, but when the show shifted to CBS in 1962 with a cast change, it was cancelled in 1963 after 224 episodes. Cover art for Sunday, Aug 3, 1958 issue of The New York Journal American TView Section. On 20" x 15" illustration board with colored pencil overlay on onionskin taped to acetate. Includes proof printing of the magazine cover. 14" x 9 1/2" image. Minor soiling, tape stains to margins.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.