Bill Rechin

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Bill Rechin
Born(1930-08-20)August 20, 1930
Buffalo, New York
DiedMay 21, 2011(2011-05-21) (aged 80)
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Notable works
Crock comic strip
Out of Bounds comic strip
AwardsNational Cartoonists Society – Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award

William J. Rechin (August 20, 1930 – May 21, 2011), better known as Bill Rechin, was an American cartoonist who created the comic strips Out of Bounds and Crock.[1]

Born in Buffalo, New York, Rechin studied art at the Buffalo's Albright Academy of Art, where he met his wife, Trish. He drew his first strip, Pluribus, in 1971. In 1975, Rechin, Don Wilder (1934–2008) and Brant Parker launched Crock, a strip depicting the French Foreign Legion. Wilder and Rechin began their Out of Bounds strip in 1986.

Rechin lived in Spotsylvania County, Virginia with his wife. The couple had seven children and eight grandchildren. He died of esophageal cancer on May 21, 2011.[2][3][4]


He received the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for 1992 for his work on Out of Bounds.[5] He was president of the NCS for part of 1988. His son, cartoon illustrator Kevin Rechin, received the National Cartoonist Society Magazine and Book Illustration for 1999, and was nominated for the same award for 1997. Kevin Rechin took over Crock in May 2011, with his brother-in-law, Bob Morgan, scripting.[2][4]


  1. ^ Strickler, Dave (1995). Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.
  2. ^ a b "'Crock' cartoonist Bill Rechin dies at age 80". The Virginian-Pilot. Associated Press. May 21, 2011. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Gardner, Alan (May 23, 2011). "'Crock' Cartoonist Bill Rechin Passes At Age 80". The Daily Cartoonist. Retrieved May 24, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Cavna, Michael (May 25, 2011). "RIP, Bill Rechin: Artist son memorializes 'Crock' cartoonist". Comic Riffs. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  5. ^ "Awards: Newspaper Panel". National Cartoonists Society. Retrieved September 14, 2010.


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