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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

This Day In Arf History: The Birth of George McManus

Born on this day in 1884, George McManus began his cartooning career at the tender age of 16, as an artist for the St. Louis Republic. Later he joined the New York Journal American, for which he created his hit “Bringing Up Father” strip. It was syndicated internationally by King Features. One of the popular offshoots of the strip was Dinty-More beefstew which I think is still available in supermarkets. McManus died in 1954. In the next Arf book, Comic Arf I’ll be reproduceing a beautiful little watercolor by McManus of Jiggs, the father, his wife Maggie and their sexy daughter Rosie (see her in the photo in background behind George?). Rosie had her own “topper” strip above the Sunday Bringing Up father. Rosie can be on top ANYTIME in my book!


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