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Ally Sloper's Half Holiday. Being a selection, side-splitting, sentimental, and serious, for the benefit of old boys, young boys, odd boys generally and even girls. Vol. I, no. 1 - no. 35. May 3 - Dec. 27, 1884.
Printed for the proprietor, and published by W. J. Sunkins. 1884 36 issues including Ally Sloper's Christmas Holiday. A few small tears to gutter margin of no. 1, otherwise issues v.g. & clean. Signed 'Gilbert Dalziel, Hampstead' on leading f.e.p.Contemp. cloth boards & maroon calf corner pieces; expertly rebacked in matching calf, uplettered in gilt. v.g.A rare opportunity to purchase the first 36 issues of what is considered to be one of the first British comic strip magazines. In 2001 a copy of the first issue sold for £3,600. The character of Ally Sloper was created by Charles Henry Ross and first drawn by his wife Emilie de Tessier when he appeared in the magazine Judy in 1867. Ross sold the rights of the character to the publisher and printer Gilbert Dalziel and in 1884 Ally Sloper's Half Holiday became the first weekly comic magazine to be based on a single character, with images by the cartoonist William Giles Baxter. After Baxter's death in 1888 Ally Sloper's principal artist became William Fletcher Thomas who was later replaced by Charles Henry Chapman. At its peak of popularity, the weekly circulation is estimated to have been over 350,000. It ceased publication after 1,679 issues in 1916. After three failed comebacks, Ally Sloper was finally curtailed in 1977. Gilbert Dalziel, 1853-1930, was the son of the engraver and publisher Edward Dalziel, one half of the Dalziel Brothers. He studied at the Slade School of Art and apprenticed himself to the family business working on the publication Fun before moving on to Judy from whence Ally Sloper was born.
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