Bo Brown

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Robert F. "Bo" Brown (1906–1996) was an American cartoonist.[1] His work appeared in such places as The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker and some six hundred other publications. He also produced the syndicated comic strip Such Is Life in 1936.


He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, class of 1928.[2] Bo Brown was a law student at Penn when he sold two cartoons to the Saturday Evening Post, earning more money than fledgling lawyers could expect in 1930. So he took a leave of absence from Penn Law and proceeded, with the aid of his wife, Marge, to sell more than 35,000 cartoons to national, regional and local publications over the next 65 years.[3] Brown's cartoons were reprinted in Europe, Asia, and South America and he also created illustrations that appeared in about 20 books. It has been said that his work is just as good today as it was 50 years ago. Brown stated that cartooning was "a relaxed life".[4]

Before his life in the art world, Brown served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, the Office of War Information during World War II.[4]


Bo received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1981.[3] Highlights for Children also named one of his works "Cartoon of the Year".[4]


Brown is married to his wife Margaret and they have been together for 64 years.[4]


Brown died in August 1996 from pneumonia and heart failure at Abington Memorial Hospital. He lived in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.[4]


  1. ^ Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1
  2. ^ Alumnus
  3. ^ a b Rhonda Goodman, A Career Spans 35,000 Cartoons Robert "Bo" Brown Left Law School To Draw Comics. That Was 65 Years Ago.,, 4 June 1995, retrieved 3 October 2012
  4. ^ a b c d e "Robert Franklin 'Bo' Brown, 90, A Prolific Illustrator, Cartoonist". The Inquirer. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 

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