Gill Fox

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Gilbert Theodore "Gill" Fox[1] (November 29, 1915[2][3] – May 15, 2004)[4] was an American political cartoonist, comic book artist and editor, and animator.

Biography[edit]

Fox began his career in animation at Max Fleischer's studio, but left due to labor unrest. He entered the comic book industry, working for a number of studios and companies, including DC Comics. Beginning in 1940, he was an editor and a cover artist for Quality Comics, with his work gracing the covers of such titles as Torchy and Plastic Man. In 1941, he wrote several weeks of continuity for the Spirit daily newspaper strip. A 1941 comic book written by Gil Fox described the bombing of Pearl Harbor in surprising detail, precisely one month before it happened.[5] He left his editorial position at Quality in 1943 to serve in World War II, where he worked for Stars and Stripes. Once discharged from military service, Fox freelanced for Quality Comics until the early 1950s.

Fox later moved to advertising, working for the Johnstone and Cushing advertising agency. There he met Dik Browne, and assisted him on Browne's comic strip Hi and Lois. He also assisted/ghosted on several other strips as favors to friends. His daughter, Susan Fox, continued the tradition. She lettered several newspaper strips in the 1970s and 1980s, including Star Hawks, Annie, and Beetle Bailey.

Fox later worked as a political cartoonist for the Connecticut newspapers The Fairfield Citizen and the Connecticut Post; he was nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes.[4]

He died in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, at age 88.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill Fox at the Lambiek Comiclopedia
  2. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JBWR-2WB : accessed 25 Feb 2013), Gilbert T Fox, 15 May 2004; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  3. ^ Comics Buyer's Guide #1636 (December 2007), p. 135. The New York Times (below) also gives 1915, although the Lambiek Comiclopedia (above) lists 1919.
  4. ^ a b c Nash, Eric P. "Gill Fox, 88, Cartoonist on Early Comic Books", The New York Times, May 24, 2004
  5. ^ Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #167|http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/08/07/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-167

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