"SHREK" Creator William Steig's First Illustration-For-Hire Found in Maryland Attic- AND IT'S a DOOZY

The card itself, at 6"x 4 1/2", on parchment paper, was paid for by the actor Murray, as a way of giving young Steig a bit of pocket money and kind of a thank you for being a cheerful presence backstage. This is not your Daddy's "SHREK"
William Steig 1932 Christmas card prototype
William Steig 1932 Christmas card prototype
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Oct. 4, 2022 - PRLog -- William Steig a Famous New Yorker cartoon but achieved Immortality as the writer and putative father of "Shrek". The basis for a wildly popular movie franchise, Shrek was also a pioneering book in terms of what we would now see as an antidote to body shaming, and a parable of inclusiveness on every level. Steig passed at 89, leaving behind an enormous body of delightful work. But until now, it is unclear what his first commercial job was.

And here's where feet steps in… Or at least, the story of a devoted theatrical family, that didn't throw things away.

A psychic who has been profiled in "The New Yorker" and is Courtney Love's best friend, made an historic and thrilling discovery this week, when a racy, 1931 Christmas Card done in the late, legendary writer and illustrator William Steig's distinctive style and signed by him, came to light when she was sorting through her late grandfather's papers.

"I pulled out this drawing of a "Sailor" themed, naked lady drawing a bath,  "Season's Greetings" card done by Bill Steig. He must have been 16 or 17 at the time. He was friends with the cast of my grandfather's Broadway show, "Sailor Beware" and obviously did this design as a commission for the lead actor," said Peri Lyons, a NYC cult figure, who has had a global psychic call in show on Moonstruck TV and A1RPsychic Radio for five years.

"I would be mighty surprised if it DID get sent out as a Christmas card, especially in 1931," said Ms. Lyons. "But it is an exciting discovery!  It's a very saucy addition to art history. There is simply no known earlier example of WS Steig's art and it is amazing to see how early on he was using such a distinctive style."

"There's quite a back-story here," added Lyons. The piece is 6" by 12", folded, and is on textured paper, and "it's in remarkably great shape!" adds Lyons, who says that she'd be willing to part with the piece, to the right collector.

If interested in the very rare collectable, please contact us at:
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