|Born||Wallace Bond Bishop
August 17, 1905
|Died||January 15, 1982
|Muggs and Skeeter|
Born in Normal, Illinois, he grew up in Bloomington, Illinois, where he spent a summer working as a newspaper copy boy. He studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Bishop sometimes performed as a drummer. He also emceed charity and benefit shows and gave chalk talks.
In 1927, influenced by The Gumps creator Sidney Smith (who also lived in Bloomington), Bishop began his comic strip Muggs McGinnis at the age of 22. In 1928, he visited St. Petersburg, Florida, and he later moved there from New York. He married Louise Carson in Evansville, Indiana, in 1936, the same year his strip was retitled Muggs and Skeeter.
In 1938, the Bishops bought and restored St. Petersburg developer C. Perry Snell's historic Italianate villa at 375 Brightwaters Boulevard in St. Petersburg. Their nearby neighbor was cartoonist Billy DeBeck, who lived within walking distance at 321 Brightwaters Boulevard on Coffee Pot Bayou.
Bishop continued to draw Muggs and Skeeter until 1974, when he retired. He died in 1982. Louise Bishop died in August 2005. Their daughter, Mary Joan Mann, grew up in the Brightwaters house, where she and Sam Mann Jr. had their wedding reception in 1948. A distinctive St. Petersburg landmark, the house sold for $5.1 million in 2006.
- Wally Bishop at the Lambiek Comiclopedia.
- "Two Veteran Cartoonists Dead". The Comics Journal (71): 15. April 1982. Archived from the original on August 12, 2012. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- Wally & Louise Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership
- Reynolds, Moira Davidson. Comic Strip Artists in American Newspapers, 1945-1980. McFarland, 2003.
- Park, Mary Jane. "Nothing to Rumble About". St. Petersburg Times, October 15, 2006.