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“Around 1930, a young cartoonist named Ye Qianyu 叶浅予 (1907-1995) published a full-length comic graphic novel featuring a character he called “Mr. Wang,” who was a distinct and easily recognizable character, strangely dressed and usually wearing a pith helmet on his bald head. His partner in various comic misadventures was his friend Xiao Chen (小陈), with his trademark Panama hat and horn-rimmed glasses.”  The graphic novel was made into a movie  series starring Tang Jie, who later obtained copyrights to Mr Wang’s film character and made 3 sequels in 1935.

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Ye Qianyu also created the India dance series around 1980s and his prints are sold for around $3000 or more.

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