Gene Carr (cartoonist)

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Gene Carr's Lady Bountiful (shown here in 1916).

Gene Carr (January 7, 1881 – December 9, 1959) was an American cartoonist.[1]

He was one of the most active early New York City artists in the young field of comic strips. He was doing newspaper cartoons by age 15 and two years later was working for the William Randolph Hearst papers. Carr is considered a pioneer of the use of sequential panels. He did cartoons for the New York Herald, New York World and the New York Evening Journal.

His comic strip Lady Bountiful, which debuted in Heart's newspapers in 1902 as a Sunday-comics filler, and the following year jumped to publisher Joseph Pulitzer's The New York World, appearing as the cover feature of May 3, 1903.[2] The strip's star, notes comics scholar Don Markstein "has been cited by many comics historians and commentators as the very first" female protagonist of a comic strip, cautioning, "Maybe she is. It's certainly difficult to think of any that were in print before her 1902 debut."[2]


His cartoons also appeared in reprint books and on postcards.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Carr, Gene". The International Who's Who in the World. 1912. p. 242. 
  2. ^ a b Lady Bountiful at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived 2015-10-23 at WebCite from the original on October 23, 2015.

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