Clare Victor Dwiggins

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Clare Victor Dwiggins (June 16, 1874 – October 26, 1958) was an American cartoonist who signed his work Dwig. Dwiggins created a number of comic strips and single-panel cartoons for various American newspapers and newspaper syndicates from 1897 until 1945, including his best-known strip, the long-run School Days.


Born in Wilmington, Ohio,[1] Dwiggins was on a path toward a career in architecture but detoured into cartooning when his artwork was published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the New York World in 1897. He created a wide variety of gag panels, including J. Filliken Wilberfloss, Leap Year Lizzie, Them Was the Happy Days, Uncle Jim and Tad and Tim, Mrs. Bump's Boarding House, Ophelia and Her Slate[2] and Bill's Diary.

Dwiggins died in a North Hollywood rest home on October 26, 1958, after a long illness.[3]

Comic strips[edit]

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn comic strip from 1919

Dwig's first comic strip was Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1918), which used more than a half dozen of Mark Twain's characters but employed very little content from his novels. Dwig began School Days in the early 1910s as a single panel, and it eventually evolved into a Sunday strip with a storyline about schoolkids that continued until 1932.[4][5]

Dwig drew Nipper (1931–37) for the Ledger Syndicate. In 1940, he returned to Huckleberry Finn in the pages of Doc Savage Comics and Supersnipe Comics. He also drew Bobby Crusoe in 1945 for Supersnipe Comics.[4]


After 1945, he focused on illustration, including five books published with August Derleth.[4]


  1. ^ Rath, Jay (May 1985). "Dwig, A Pen-and-Ink Poet". Nemo, the Classic Comics Library, No. 11.
  2. ^ "Ophelia's Slate". Don Markstein's Toonopedia ( Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  3. ^ "Clare Victor Dwiggins, Cartoonist, Dies at 84". Los Angeles Times. October 28, 1958. p. 20.
  4. ^ a b c "Clare Victor Dwiggins: Dwig". Lambiek Comiclopedia ( Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  5. ^ "School Days". Don Markstein's Toonopedia ( Retrieved 2016-09-01.

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