Fanny Cory

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Fanny Young Cory (October 17, 1877 – July 28, 1972)[1] was an artist and illustrator best known for her comic strip Little Miss Muffet, syndicated by King Features.[2] She did both art and writing on "Sonnysayings."[3][4] She went by several names: F. Y. Cory, F. Cory Cooney and Fanny Cory Cooney but eventually used Fanny Y. Cory as her professional name. She sometimes used FYC as a signature on her early work.

Early life[edit]

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, she was 14 when she went art school in Helena, Montana. At the age of 17, she arrived in New York and enrolled at the Art Students League.

Fanny Cory was related to Kate Cory, particularly noted for her photographs and paintings of the Hopi.[5]


She did covers and interior illustrations for Century, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Scribner's, The Saturday Evening Post and St. Nicholas.

The Little Miss Muffet comic book was published in 1948 and 1949 by Best Books.

Book illustration[edit]

She illustrated Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (published by Rand, McNally & Company copyright 1902, 1905)

She illustrated L. Frank Baum's books, The Master Key and The Enchanted Island of Yew.[6]

She illustrated Marion Hill, The Pettison Twins, McClure, Phillips & Co, 1906.

She illustrated William L. Hill, "Jackieboy in Rainbowland" Rand McNally & Company 1911 [7] She died in 1972 in Stanwood, Washington.


  1. ^ Douglas C. Green (Spring 1973). "Fanny Y. Cory". The Baum Bugle. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  2. ^ Allan Holtz (May 2, 2011). "Obscurity of the Day: Little Miss Muffet". Stripper's Guide (blog). Retrieved 2016-07-03.
  3. ^ David Astor (1995). "'Doonesbury' man discusses his strip". Editor & Publisher. September 30, 1995. v128 n39 p30(2). Article reports on a meeting with several speakers; "Fanny Cory, author of Little Miss Muffet" was mentioned in a talk by Trina Robbins, author of A Century of Women Cartoonists.
  4. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Fanny Cory Cooney". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved 2011-08-26. 
  5. ^ Claudette Simpson, "A Little Background on Artist Kate Cory". The Prescott Courier. September 13, 1974. p. 16.
  6. ^ L. Frank Baum: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 46. Gale Group, 2002
  7. ^ 1911 copy of "Jackieboy in Rainbowland"

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