|George Gately Gallagher|
December 21, 1928|
Queens Village, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Died||September 30, 2001
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
Born in Queens Village, Queens, Gately came from a family of comics lovers. His father was an amateur doodler, and his elder brother John was also a cartoonist. He grew up and went to school in Bergenfield, New Jersey.
Gately studied art at Pratt Institute. After graduating, he worked at an advertising agency for 11 years, but commercial art gave him little satisfaction. Seeing the success of his elder brother, George decided to enter the cartoon field. In 1957, he sold his first comic. He dropped his last name of Gallagher to avoid confusion with his brother.
In 1964, he created his first strip, Hapless Harry, which ran for a few years in several newspapers. But his most memorable creation came in 1971 in the form of a fat orange cat, Heathcliff. Heathcliff was an enormous success and was published in newspapers worldwide. To keep up with the demand, he recruited Bob Laughlin, and later his brother John to help draw the daily strips and Sunday color pages.
Heathcliff is distributed to over 1,000 newspapers by Creators Syndicate, who took over the strip from McNaught Syndicate in 1988. Gately gave up drawing in 1998. Heathcliff is now written and drawn by his nephew. Peter Gallagher. On September 30, 2001, at the age of 72, Gately died of a heart attack at Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, New Jersey.
- Hernandez, Cava (2001-10-06). "George Gately: Creador del gato Heathcliff" (in Spanish). Madrid: El Mundo. Retrieved 2007-11-20. "George Gately Gallagher nació en Queens Village, Nueva York, en 1928, meses antes de que estallase la Gran Depresión. Pero, a todos los efectos, hay que considerarle un habitante de New Jersey, en cuya localidad de Bergenfield es donde transcurrieron su infancia y su adolescencia."
- "George Gately, 72; Created "Heathcliff"" (in Spanish). The New York Times. 2001-10-03. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
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