Henry Boltinoff

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Henry Boltinoff
Henry Boltinoff self-portrait
Born (1914-02-19)February 19, 1914
New York City, U.S.
Died April 19, 2001(2001-04-19) (aged 87)
Nationality American
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
National Periodicals humor features
Awards National Cartoonists Society's Humor Comic Book Award, 1970
NCS Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award, 1981

Henry Boltinoff (February 19, 1914 – April 19, 2001)[1] 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. These include Abdul the Fire Eater, Bebe, Billy, Buck Skinner, Cap's Hobby Center, Cap's Hobby Hints, Casey the Cop, Charlie Cannonball, Chief Hot Foot, Cora the Carhop, Dexter, Doctor Floogle, Doctor Rocket, Dover & Clover, 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, Tricksy the World's Greatest Stunt Man and Warden Willis. These were usually lettered by Gaspar Saladino.

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). He received the National Cartoonists Society's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award in 1981 and also received their Humor Comic Book Award for 1970.[2][3]

Hocus-Focus may have been Boltinoff's best-known work. The King Features Syndicate feature includes two similar panels with six differences between them. It continues to run in over 300 newspapers.[4]


  1. ^ Miller, John Jackson. "Comics Industry Birthdays", Comics Buyer's Guide, June 10, 2005. Accessed January 17, 2010. WebCitation archive.
  2. ^ Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, California: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1
  3. ^ "Division Awards Comic Books". National Cartoonists Society. 2013. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Henry Boltinoff". Toonopedia. Retrieved 2010-10-27. 

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