Bob Barnes

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Bob Barnes was an American comic strip artist.

For the past 40 years, Barnes pieces have been included in galleries and museum exhibitions all across the country. His work has attracted artists and connoisseurs of all ages however, it has remained relatively unknown to the art community. Barnes work is mostly unknown due to his combination of literary and psychological references with a style that unlike any other.[1]

Personal information[edit]

Barnes was born in Washington, DC. He later moved to Winnetka, Illinois as a young child.[1] Barnes died in November 1970 at the age of 57.[2]


From 1952-1956, Barnes attended the School of the Art Institute and the University of Chicago where he obtained his BFA's from both schools. During his time at school, Barnes participated in the 1952 Exhibition Momentum. At this exhibition he met Alan Frumkin, which was the start of a long relationship between the two.[1]


His work includes:

  • Laugh of the Week (1947–1948)
  • Laff of the Week (1949–1970)
  • Double-Take (1952–1958)
  • The Better Half (1956–1972).[1]


He received the National Cartoonists Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for The Better Half in 1958.



  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.

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