John Prentice (cartoonist)

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John Prentice (17 October 1920 – 23 May 1999)[1] was a cartoonist who took over the comic strip Rip Kirby upon the death of the strip's creator, Alex Raymond.

Prentice was born in Whitney, Texas. From 1940-1946 he served in the United States Navy. After briefly attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, he moved to New York City and worked in a variety of illustrator jobs before being tapped to replace Alex Raymond. Prentice drew the strip for the next 43 years.[2]

Prentice worked occasionally for DC Comics in the 1950s, providing artwork for the first issue of Showcase comics' story, "Fireman Farrell".[3]

Prentice received the National Cartoonist Society Story Comic Strip Award for the series in 1966, 1967, and 1986.[4]


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Mar 2013), John Prentice, 23 May 1999.
  2. ^ John Prentice Cartoons 1956-1968 Syracuse University, 29 Jun 2010, Retrieved 11/29/2010
  3. ^ Showcase #1 (March 1956)
  4. ^ NCS Awards Archived 2010-12-31 at the Wayback Machine. National Cartoonist Society, 2008, Retrieved 11/29/2010

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