Belvedere (comic strip)
|Author(s)||George Webster Crenshaw|
|Current status/schedule||Concluded gag panel|
|Launch date||June 18, 1962|
|Syndicate(s)||Johansen International Features|
Belvedere is a single panel comic strip created by George Webster Crenshaw which ran from June 18, 1962 to 1995. The star of the strip is a white dog with black spots. As of at least 2009, reprints of the strip were distributed by Johansen International Features.
Characters and story
Belvedere is one of three pets who belong to a married couple, Orville and Emma. The others are Jezebel, a cat, and Chi-Chi, a talking bird. Belvedere never talks, but he is very intelligent and somehow makes his thoughts and desires known. He is very spoiled and causes lots of problems for his family, the dogcatcher, and the butcher. Belvedere also makes trouble for the local museum (which displays dinosaur bones), and the veterinarian.
Crenshaw's books include Belvedere & Friend (1982), All Dogs Must Be on Leash (1982), The Odds Are (1982), Now Just One Minute! (1983) Don't Push Your Luck (1984), Purpose of Loan: One Carload of Crunchie-Munchies, Hot Dog! (1987), Flapjacks (1990), Beware ... Obedience School Dropout (1991), How Was That for a Karate Chop? (1991), I Said I'm Not Ready to Get Up Yet (1991), Next Time I'll Pack the Food (1991) and Bone Pie (1992).
Crenshaw used the pseudonym Nat Greenwood on some books, including Belvedere (1965) and Belvedere: A Pooch Full of Tricks (1975).
George Webster Crenshaw
23 October 1917
|Died||September 6, 2007 (aged 89)|
Sequim, Washington, U.S.
|Resting place||Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Washington|
|Other names||Nat Greenwood|
|The Muffins (1957-1959)|
Eleanor Louise Arge
Betty Jean Sedam; former wife of Richard B. Chapeta
(m. 1980; her death 1992)
|Parent(s)||Charles Robert Lafayette Crenshaw and Alpha A. Allen|
George Webster Crenshaw went to UCLA and Harvard. He was an animator for Walt Disney, having worked on Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Donald Duck cartoons, as well as MGM Tom and Jerry shorts and Speaking of Animals for Paramount. He created the comic strips The Muffins (1957-1959), Nubbin (1958–1972), McGirk's Works (1959), Simpkins aka Nerdly (1971-1974) and Gumdrop (1977-1978) in addition to Belvedere.
His work appeared in such publications as The National Enquirer, The New Yorker, Woman's World and Reader's Digest. As a comic book artist, he drew Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny and Disney characters.
- Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 68. ISBN 9780472117567.
- "Comics Strips Starting with the Letter "B"". Stus.com. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "Al Wiseman". Lambiek.net. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2009-04-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-04-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- "Belvedere Comic Strip Books Gallery". Tonystrading.co.uk. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- For most of these titles, dates given are the dates of Crenshaw's involvement, as seen in Allan Holtz's 2012 American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Full run dates for the following strips are: The Muffins (Nov 11, 1957 - May 9, 1959), Nubbin (March 24, 1958 - June 20, 1987), Simpkins (1971-1984), and Gumdrop (Aug 1, 1977 - July 25, 1988). McGirk's Works and Nerdly are not listed in Holtz's guide. McGirk's Works is listed on Lambiek's Comiclopedia's George Crenshaw entry as 1959. The "About" page on the Belvedere Cartoon Magazine Site says that Nerdly is another name for Simpkins.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-04-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)