Art Nugent

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Art Nugent
Art Nugent in 1960.
BornArthur William Nugent
Wallingford, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedMarch 25, 1975(1975-03-25) (aged 83–84)
Orange, New Jersey
Pseudonym(s)A. W. Nugent
Notable works
Uncle Art's Funland

Arthur William Nugent (1891 - March 25, 1975), better known as Art Nugent, was an American cartoonist notable for his long-running syndicated puzzle feature, Funland (aka Uncle Art's Funland), which he drew for four decades. He sometimes used the signature A. W. Nugent.


Born in Wallingford, Connecticut, he began his career as an acrobat. From 1911 to 1918, he was the National AAU Tumbling Champion. In 1916, he made the Olympic team, but the event was canceled.

World War I[edit]

He joined the U.S. Navy during World War I and began doing artwork while in the service. Returning after World War I, he worked as the New York World's puzzle cartoonist for eight years.[1][2]

Nugent was friends with illusionist Harry Houdini, and the pair would play cards regularly.[citation needed]

Uncle Art's Funland[edit]

He created Funland in 1933. Along with the games, riddles, connect-the-dots art, crossword puzzles and anagrams, it introduced his autobiographical character, Uncle Nugent (aka Uncle Art). It was distributed by United Feature Syndicate to more than 100 newspapers.

Comic books[edit]

Art Nugent's "Pint-Size Pete" in The Big All-American Comics (1944).

In the 1940s, he created funny animal stories for Popular Comics and other comic books, which also carried Funland reprints. In "Pint-Size Pete" for The Big All-American Comics (1944), Pete heads into town to seek fame and fortune in hopes of saving his father's farm.[3]

Later life[edit]

Living in Newark, New Jersey, he was a member of the Society of Illustrators.

Nugent continued doing Uncle Art's Funland until 1974. The puzzle feature was continued by his son, Art Nugent, Jr., who studied at Syracuse University and the Newark School of Art. Beginning as his father's assistant, he took over Funland in the early 1970s with occasional contributions by the elder Nugent.[4][5]

The senior Nugent was 84 when he died at St. Mary's Hospital in Orange, New Jersey.

Today, Uncle Art's Funland, by N.A. Nugent, is carried by GoComics, which offers this description: "This comic provides educational entertainment for kids of all ages. Jokes, word and math games, connect the dots, optical illusions and crosswords are just some of the puzzles found in this weekly feature."[6]


Funland: Super-packed with Puzzles, Jokes, Amazing Facts and Lots more Exciting Fun!, by Art Nugent and Leo White, is a 132-page paperback collection published by Playmore in 1982.


  1. ^ Daytona Beach Morning Journal, January 1, 1960.
  2. ^ "Arthur Nugent, 84, Who Drew 'Funland' Puzzle Page, Is Dead". The New York Times, March 27, 1975.
  3. ^ "Pint-Size Pete". Four-Color Shadows, January 11, 2012.
  4. ^ Editor & Publisher, July 11, 1981.
  5. ^ "Nugent, Creator of 'Funland' Column, Is Dead". Nashua Telegraph, March 27, 1975.
  6. ^ "About Uncle Art's Funland," Accessed Dec. 2, 2018.

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