Gill Fox

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Gill Fox
Born (1915-11-29)November 29, 1915
Died May 15, 2004(2004-05-15) (aged 88)
Redding Ridge, Connecticut
Area(s) political cartoonist, comic book artist and editor, and animator
Awards Inkpot Award, 1978
Spouse(s) Helen (née Fittipaldi)

Gilbert Theodore "Gill" 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 described the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in surprising detail, precisely one month before it happened.[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]

In 1940, Gill Fox married Helen Fittipaldi. Their daughter Susan Fox also worked in the comic strip business — she lettered several newspaper strips in the 1970s and 1980s, including Star Hawks, Annie, and Beetle Bailey Another daughter, Donna Morency, is also an artist. Her works are in collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Gill Fox's wife Helen died in 1998.

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 Nash, Eric P. (May 24, 2004). "Gill Fox, 88, Cartoonist on Early Comic Books". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015. 
  5. ^ Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #167|http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2008/08/07/comic-book-urban-legends-revealed-167
  6. ^ Alter Ego Vol. 3 #12|"Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-09-12. Retrieved 2015-04-02. 

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