Elmer Sprunger, who has created cartoons for more than 20 years for the Bigfork Eagle (MT) has passed away at the age of 87. Elmer worked most of his life in blue-collar jobs such as road construction, logging and for a aluminum plant where he painted signs, illustrations and safety cartoons. He spent the last [...]
Bill Kitchen, the former Miami Herald cartoonist, has died at the age of 78 of pancreatic cancer. Bill began working for the Herald in 1960 and officially retired in 1985 but continued to freelance to the paper until 2000. The Herald reports that in the 1960s, Bill was so popular that if he took a [...]
Several Daily Cartoonists have emailed me with some devastating news that Doug Marlette died this morning in a Mississippi car accident. From the police reports, Doug’s pickup hydroplaned off of the highway and struck a tree at about 9:42 a.m. this morning. He died instantly. Another passenger (the driver) was taken to the hospital. Doug, [...]
From United Media comes word that Howie Schneider, creator of Eek and Meek and The Sunshine Club has passed away at the age of 77 after complications due to heart surgery. Howie was also a magazine cartoonist, children’s book author and sculptor who served 20 years on the Newspaper Features Council and eight years on [...]
From the Comics Reporter comes news that Jim Babcock who was an illustrator and sports cartoonist for the Sacramento Bee and Modesto Bee has died at the age of 87. In addition to illustrating articles, he made a Sunday historical cartoon called California Nuggets and created the popular Friday sports feature Sportoons, for which he [...]
New Yorker cartoonist J.B. Handelsman has passed away at the age of 85. According to his obituary in the New York Times, he had nearly a thousand cartoons published in the New Yorker. The Comics Reporter has more information along with several related links.
I received an e-mail noting I haven’t posted anything about the recent passing of Roger Armstrong, who was a career cartoonist drawing Bugs Bunny and The Flintstones. In such passings, I struggle whether it is within the scope of this blog (which narrowly focuses on newspaper based cartooning) to mention the passing of other giants [...]
From the Comics Journal comes news that Roger Armstrong has passed away at the age of 89 last Thursday. Roger was best known for his work on Warner Brother and Disney animation projects, but also drew a number of syndicated strips including Bugs Bunny and Little Lulu.
If you haven’t visited Mike Lynch’s blog and read is write up regarding the recent Jay Kennedy Memorial, I suggest you do.
Johnny Hart, age 76, has died Saturday from a stroke at his drawing board in Nineveh, NY. Johnny is the creator of B.C. and The Wizard of Id. From an Washington Post story about Johnny’s history: John Lewis Hart, a firefighter’s son, was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Endicott, N.Y. As a child, he said [...]
The LA Times is reporting that Marshall Rogers, best know of his work on the Batman comic book, passed away suddenly on Sunday at the age of 57. During his career he worked on other characters such as Silver Surfer, Mister Miracle, Dr. Strange, Iron Fist and G.I. Joe. He was the artist for a [...]
As news of Jay Kennedy’s passing spread through out the weekend, cartoonists from all stripes are passing on their condolences and talking about their connection to Jay. One thing is clear from reading many of the comments on this blog, Jay connected with just about everyone. One reoccurring theme is the sheer number of aspiring [...]
NCS president Rick Stomoski has informed me that King Feature Syndicate Editor-in-Chief Jay Kennedy has passed away yesterday in a drowning accident while vacationing in Costa Rica. Not many details have emerged, but I will be watching for updates and post them here as the become available. I wish to express my condolences to the [...]
Irwin “Cap” Caplan, who drew two nationally syndicated cartoons, Famous Last Words and 48 States of Mind in the 1960s has passed away at age 88 in Seattle Washington. Irwin was a NCS cartoonist of the year in 1972 in the advertising and illustration division. He went on to teach at University of Washington School [...]
Bob Oksner, who created the comic strip Miss Cairo Jones in 1945 and a couple other minor strips (I Love Lucy, Soozi) in the 50s and 60s passed away on Sunday at the age of 90. Bob was mostly known for his work in the comic book field working on titles such as Green Lantern, [...]