Henry Boltinoff

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Henry Boltinoff
Henry Boltinoff self-portrait
Born(1914-02-19)February 19, 1914
New York City, United States
DiedApril 26, 2001(2001-04-26) (aged 87)
Notable works
Stoker the Broker
National Periodicals humor features
AwardsNational Cartoonists Society's Humor Comic Book Award, 1970
NCS Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award, 1981

Henry Boltinoff (February 19, 1914 – April 26, 2001)[1][2] was an American cartoonist who worked for both comic strips and comic books. He drew many of the humor and filler strips that appeared in National Periodical comics from the 1940s through the 1960s.


Comic books[edit]

Born in New York City, Boltinoff created numerous humor features for DC Comics, where his brother Murray Boltinoff was an editor. His most prominent creation for DC was "Dover & Clover" which debuted in More Fun Comics #94 (Nov. 1943).[3][4] Boltinoff's other features include "Abdul the Fire Eater", "Bebe", "Billy", "Buck Skinner", "Cap's Hobby Center", "Casey the Cop", "Charlie Cannonball", "Chief Hot Foot", "Cora the Carhop", "Dexter", "Doctor Floogle", "Doctor Rocket", "Elvin", "Freddie the Frogman", "Hamid the Hypnotist", "Homer", "Honey in Hollywood", "Hy the Spy", "Hy Wire", "Jail Jests", "Jerry the Jitterbug", "King Kale", "Lefty Looie", "Lem 'n' Lime", "Lionel and His Lions", "Little Pete", "Little Pocahontas", "Lucky", "The Magic Genie", "Moolah the Mystic", "No-Chance Charley", "Ollie", "On the Set", "Peg", "Peter Puptent", "Prehistoric Fun", "Professor Eureka", "Sagebrush Sam", "Shorty", "Stan", "Super-Turtle",[5] "Tricksy the World's Greatest Stunt Man" and "Warden Willis". These were usually lettered by Gaspar Saladino. Boltinoff's final creation for DC was "Cap's Hobby Hints".[2] In 1969, he became the writer of the Date with Debbi and Swing with Scooter titles.[4]

Comic strips[edit]

Boltinoff worked on the comic strips This and That (1946), Woody Forrest (1960), Stoker the Broker (1960), and Hocus-Focus through 2001.[6] He received the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award in 1981 and also received their Humor Comic Book Award for 1970.[7][8]

Hocus-Focus may have been Boltinoff's best-known work. The King Features Syndicate feature, which started in c. 1965, includes two similar panels with six differences between them. It continues to run in over 300 newspapers.


DC Comics[edit]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Iola, Wisconsin. Archived from the original on October 30, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Henry Boltinoff". Lambiek Comiclopedia. April 16, 2016. Archived from the original on May 5, 2012.
  3. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Dover and Clover". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on April 22, 2016. Dover & Clover are pretty obscure, but they still ranked as the most prominent characters cartoonist Henry Boltinoff ever created for DC Comics...They made their debut in DC's More Fun Comics #94 (November 1943).
  4. ^ a b Henry Boltinoff at the Grand Comics Database
  5. ^ Eury, Michael (2006). The Krypton Companion. Raleigh, North Carolina: TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 192. ISBN 978-1893905610.
  6. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Henry Boltinoff". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on October 12, 2014. When he died (April 26, 2001), he left behind more than a year's worth of unpublished Hocus Focus cartoons.
  7. ^ Strickler, Dave (1995). Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access. ISBN 978-0970007704.
  8. ^ "Division Awards Comic Books". National Cartoonists Society. 2013. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Doug Crane
Swing with Scooter writer
Succeeded by
John Albano
Preceded by
Date with Debbi writer
Succeeded by
John Albano
Preceded by
Bill Hoest
National Cartoonists Society Division Awards Newspaper Panel Award recipient
Succeeded by
Jim Unger