Ralph Stein

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Ralph Stein (1909–1994) was a writer, cartoonist and illustrator.[1]

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?".[2]

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.

Stein was the author of several books about cars, including Sports Cars of the World (1952), Treasury of the Automobile (1961), The American Automobile (1978) and The Great Cars (1967).[3]

Other books by Ralph Stein include The Pinup From 1852 to Now and The Great Inventions.[4]

Stein died in 1994 at the Saybrook Convalescent Hospital in Old Saybrook, Conn at age 85 after a long illness.[5] He had lived in Connecticut for many years.


  1. ^ Grandinetti, Fred M. (2012-05-21). Popeye: An Illustrated Cultural History, 2d ed. McFarland. ISBN 9780786426874.
  2. ^ Whittlesey House, A Division of the McGraw-Hill Book Company,Inc., 1944
  3. ^ Bibliography from goodreads.com
  4. ^ Bibliography from goodreads.com
  5. ^ Obituary in the New York Times 12-1-1994