- For the fictional character named Tex Blaisdell, see Bob and Ray.
Philip Eustice Blaisdell|
March 30, 1920
March 14, 1999 (aged 78)|
New York City
|Little Orphan Annie|
Philip Eustice Blaisdell (March 30, 1920 – March 14, 1999), better known as Tex Blaisdell, was an American comic strip artist and comic book editor. He worked on 22 syndicated features, including Little Orphan Annie, which he drew for five years.
After four years in the Air Force, Blaisdell worked for 13 years on strips by Al Capp, Stan Drake, Will Eisner, Irwin Hasen, John Cullen Murphy, Bud Sagendorf, Dick Wingert and others. In the early 1960s, he helped Hal Foster on Prince Valiant, originally doing backgrounds but eventually his contribution escalated to finishing everything but the faces while his assistant Lee Marrs inked the backgrounds.
After Harold Gray's death in 1968, Blaisdell stepped in as the artist on Little Orphan Annie, which he continued until 1973, with assists from Paul Kirchner. For Leonard Starr, he handled the backgrounds for Mary Perkins, On Stage. At this point in time Blaisdell worked at a studio on the fourth floor at 144 West 57th Street, overlooking dance studios and the rear of Carnegie Hall, a studio space he shared with artists Tom Sawyer and Carl Anderson, letterer Ben Oda and scriptwriter John Augustin.
Blaisdell married Elaine French, and the couple lived in Flushing, New York, where he died in 1999. They had two children, Barbara F. and Bruce F. Blaisdell. Elaine Blaisdell died September 7, 2002, at the age of 81.
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