November 7, 1926|
Port Arthur, Texas
|Died||June 7, 2015
Harold Anthony LeDoux (November 7, 1926 – June 7, 2015) was an American artist best known for his work on the newspaper comic strip Judge Parker. He worked in the realistic style associated with Stan Drake, Leonard Starr, et al.
While in the Merchant Marine during World War II, LeDoux saved enough money to be able to attend the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Arriving in New York City, he began contributing to the Famous Funnies comic books.
He then worked as assistant to artist Dan Heilman on the successful Judge Parker strip just as or shortly after the strip debuted in 1952. Ledoux claimed that "by the last week of September 1953, I had the job of drawing Judge Parker for myself." It may be that he was ghosting for or was supervised by Heilman in a studio arrangement, both common circumstances in comic strip history. In any case, it was not until 1965 that LeDoux was credited as artist on the strip, as Heilman relinquished the title to pursue another project (he died shortly after).
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- "Harold Anthony LeDoux". The Port Arthur News. Port Arthur, TX: Boone Newspapers. June 11, 2015. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
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