There's a cool piece of art up for auction. It's Percy Crosby's first Skippy. And be sure to check out the archive at GoComics. Charles Schulz and Bill Watterson (among others) have both cited Crosby as a strong influence on their work.
Here's the description from Herotage Auctions:
Percy L. Crosby Skippy Historic First Comic Strip Original Art (Life Magazine, 1923). Among the earliest American comic strips that are considered true classics of the form, Percy Crosby's loveably mischievous and rambunctious young boy, Skippy, is at the top of the list. This incredibly popular comic strip inspired an Academy Award-winning movie featuring Jackie Cooper, a novel, a 1930s radio show, and most importantly, the cartooning career of one Charles M. Schulz of Peanuts fame. Cartoonist and historian Jerry Robinson has remarked, "Nothing like Skippy had ever been seen before in the comic strips. It was not just Skippy's expert draftsmanship or remarkable flair, although that artistry earned its creator a reputation as "the cartoonist's cartoonist"... The brilliance of Skippy was that here was a fantasy with a realistic base, the first kid cartoon with a definable and complex personality grounded in daily life."
Skippy's first appearance was not in the newspaper pages, but instead as a full page comic in the March 22, 1923 issue of the old Life Magazine (1883-1936), two years before King Features syndicated the strip in the papers. The very first strip, which we are extremely proud to present at auction, concerned Skippy's childish attempt to swipe a chocolate bar from the neighborhood grocer. Skippy's best pal and constant companion, Sooky, is also introduced in the first panel. Sooky would himself be the subject of a 1932 feature film, starring a young Jackie Coogan, best remembered as "Uncle Fester" on TV's Addams Family. The art is in ink and grey wash on Bristol board, with considerable areas of white out in each of the nine panels, and typewritten captions pasted in place. The overall image area is approximately 13.25" x 17", and the art is in Very Good condition.
This incredible treasure has been kept within the Crosby family for all these years, and has never before been offered for sale. Historically, it may well be the most important piece of original comic art Heritage has ever offered.