32

Details & Cataloguing

The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia

|
New York

'Life In Hell' by Matt Groening, 1985
Ink on paper, signed, dated and inscribed to Sam Simon, framed

Original comic art featuring Bongo, this panel shows his nighttime prayer to God To Make Tomorrow A Nice Day, followed by a day of mishaps, ending with a nighttime prayer by Bongo to God To Make Tomorrow A Nice Day, inscribed: To Sam, Your Pal, Matt, 4/18/88


17 by 14 inches
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Catalogue Note

Groening’s Life In Hell ran for 34 years, from 1978 to 2012, with the 1,669th and final strip published on June 15, 2012. In the 1980s Life in Hell came to the attention of James L. Brooks, who was looking for a cartoonist to create animated shorts for Fox’s The Tracey Ullman Show. Per a 2012 New York Times article, outside Brooks’ office Groening quickly sketched a human clan he named the Simpsons. On April 19, 1987 Groening’s The Simpsons shorts first appeared on The Tracey Ullman Show, produced by Simon and Brooks. Two years later they approached Groening with the idea to expand the one-minute The Simpsons cartoon shorts into an animated series, now in its 26th year. 
 
 
Please note: inspection is by appointment only. To arrange, please contact onlineauctions@sothebys.com

The Creative Genius of Sam Simon: A Lifetime of Memorabilia

|
New York