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Ralph Stein was born in New York City in 1909. He began his career as a photographer and illustrator at The World-Telegram. During World War II he was the staff cartoon editor for the U.S. Army magazine "Yank". During that time he was co-author, with Harry Brown, of "It's a Cinch, Private Finch," a humorous book about Army life, and many of his cartoons from "Yank" were compiled into a book called "What Am I Laughing At?".
From 1953 to 1959, he helped draw and write the "Popeye" comic strip and illustrated "Here's How" for King Features. Stein's first daily "Popeye" strip was published in December 1954 and his last in August 1959. Stein's stories used very little of Popeye's supporting players, and instead took the sailor all over the world. He also returned Bluto to the daily strip beginning in 1957. Later Stein created Bluto's beard-less 'twin brother", Burlo.
Other books by Ralph Stein include The Pinup From 1852 to Now and The Great Inventions.
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