Gill Fox

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Gill Fox
Born(1915-11-29)November 29, 1915
DiedMay 15, 2004(2004-05-15) (aged 88)
Redding Ridge, Connecticut, U.S.
Area(s)political cartoonist, comic book artist and editor, and animator
AwardsInkpot Award, 1978
Spouse(s)Helen (née Fittipaldi)

Gilbert Theodore Fox[1] (November 29, 1915[2][3] – May 15, 2004)[4] was an American political cartoonist, comic book artist and editor, and animator.

Biography[edit]

Fox began his career in animation at Max Fleischer's studio, but left due to labor unrest. He entered the comic book industry, working for a number of studios and companies, including DC Comics. During this period he was an editor and a cover artist for Quality Comics, with his work gracing the covers of such titles as Torchy and Plastic Man. In 1941, he wrote several weeks of continuity for the Spirit daily newspaper strip. A 1941 comic book written by Gill Fox, describing a German attack on Pearl Harbor, was published one month before the real-life Japanese attack on that U.S. naval base.[5]

He left his editorial position at Quality in 1943 to serve in World War II, where he worked for Stars and Stripes. Once discharged from military service, Fox freelanced for Quality Comics until the early 1950s.

Fox later moved to advertising, working for the Johnstone and Cushing advertising agency. There he met Dik Browne, and assisted him on Browne's comic strip Hi and Lois. He also assisted/ghosted on several other strips as favors to friends.

Fox later worked as a political cartoonist for the Connecticut newspapers The Fairfield Citizen and the Connecticut Post; he was nominated for two Pulitzer Prizes.[4]

He died in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, at age 88.[4]

Personal life and family[edit]

Fox was the brother of the illustrator Lorraine Fox.[6]

Circa 1940, Gill Fox married Helen Fittipaldi, who died in 1998.[7] They had two children, daughters Donna Morency and Susan Fox.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill Fox at the Lambiek Comiclopedia
  2. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JBWR-2WB : accessed 25 Feb 2013), Gilbert T Fox, 15 May 2004; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  3. ^ Comics Buyer's Guide #1636 (December 2007), p. 135. The New York Times (below) also gives 1915, although the Lambiek Comiclopedia (above) lists 1919.
  4. ^ a b c d Nash, Eric P. (May 24, 2004). "Gill Fox, 88, Cartoonist on Early Comic Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015.
  5. ^ Cronin, Brian (August 7, 2008). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #167". ComicBookResources.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Fox in Amash, Jim (January 2002). "Quality Control: A Conversation with Gill Fox - Artist, Writer, and Editor (1940-43) of Quality Comics Group". Alter Ego. 3 (12). Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Saxton, Brian (May 21, 2004). "Famed cartoonist Gill Fox dead at 88". The News-Times. Danbury, Connecticut. Archived from the original on April 6, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2018.

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