Brad Anderson (cartoonist)

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Brad Anderson
Born (1924-05-14) May 14, 1924 (age 90)
Jamestown, New York, U.S.
Occupation Cartoonist
Years active 1954 - present
Children 1 Daughter (Christine),
3 Sons (Craig, Paul, and Mark)
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Brad Anderson (born May 14, 1924, in Jamestown, New York) is an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Marmaduke.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Anderson graduated from Brocton Central School in Brocton, New York in 1943 and then served with the United States Navy until 1946 and continued to cartoon.[2] Initially aspiring to be an industrial designer, Anderson attended Syracuse University on the G.I. Bill; in 1951 he graduated with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts with a major in advertising.[3] Anderson went to work for Ball & Grier, an advertising agency in Utica, New York; however, in 1953, Anderson decided to focus on freelance magazine cartooning.[2] From 1954 to 1966, Anderson drew the comic strip Grandpa's Boy.[2]

Marmaduke[edit]

Brad Anderson is best known for creating the comic strip Marmaduke in 1954, which he continues to draw to this day. According to Anderson, "During the time, I was drawing various types of dogs in my magazine cartoons, I was also trying to develop a dog character specifically for eventual newspaper syndication [....] you couldn't see the eyes of my shaggy dogs, so as I thought more about it I decided I wanted a dog where I could have an expressive face".[4] Anderson, who says he draws on Laurel and Hardy routines for his ideas,[5] received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for Marmaduke in 1978. Brad made his appearance on Animal Planet's Breed All About It and Dogs 101.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson is married and has one daughter, Christine, and three sons, Craig, Paul and Mark.[1]

Sources[edit]

  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Cartoonists Society member biography http://www.reuben.org/members1.html
  2. ^ a b c Brad Anderson Cartoons 1954-1966 http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/a/anderson_b.htm
  3. ^ Cartoonist Profiles no. 56, Dec. 1982, p. 18
  4. ^ Cartoonist Profiles no. 56, Dec. 1982, p. 19
  5. ^ Josephson, Joan (July 12, 2009). "History, Great Dane defy rain at Brocton-Portland festival". Evening Observer (Portland). 

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