Friday, January 1, 2010

National Cartoonist Society Profile: Milton Caniff

I might as well start off the new year right with the brief biography of one of the top cartoonist's of all time, and an inspiration to many, the multi-talented National Cartoonist Society member, Milt Caniff. Born in Hillsboro, Ohio February 28th, 1907 ... my first job plus office boy duties for Dayton Journal Herald ... Art Staffs at Miami News, Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press Features Service, New York - "Dickie Dare" and "Gay Thirties" for A. P. 1932 - 34 ... "Terry and the Pirates" for Chicago Tribune, New York News Syndicate 1934 -46 (Did Male Call for Camp Newspaper Service 1942-46) "Steve Canyon" for Field Enterprises 1947 - now King Features Syndicate ... Many pleasantries along the way... friendships in and out of cartooning ... awareness of how deeply the daily newspaper feature probes and reflects life in the United States ... and my constant surprise that a single drawing on the board may reach out and touch so many people ... the gag strips are rising in favor! Better get back to work!

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