Virginia Huget

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Virginia Clark (1899-1991), better known as Virginia Huget, was a prolific and versatile American comic strip artist and writer.[1][2] She is known for her comic strips depicting flappers and for broadening the flapper image by depicting them as young working women as opposed to freewheeling and carefree, which was the commonly used stereotype at the time.[3][2]

Biography[edit]

Life[edit]

Huget was born in Dallas, Texas in 1899. There she met and married Coon Williams Hudzietz.[1] She changed her last name to Huget when she sold her first comic in 1926.[2] She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago.[1]

Work[edit]

Gentleman Prefer Blondes was Huget's first work and was sold to Bell Syndicate in 1926. In 1927 Huget created Babs in Society, a full-page Sunday color strip. Other strips she produced in this form were: Flora's Fling (1928), Campus Caper (1928), Babs (1929), Double Dora (1929) Miss Aladdin (1929).[2] She also made the black-and-white strips Molly the Manicure Girl (1928) and Campus Capers (1929).[1][4][5] Strips from Molly the Manicure Girl are kept in the Library of Congress.[6] In 1931 and 1932 Huget illustrated Dr. Seuss' Still More Boners (1931) and Prize Boners for 1932.[1][2] She later won first prize from the Art Director's League of New York for her Lux soap ads that were created in comic strip format.[5] In 1937 she successfully imitated Percy Crosby's style, drawing his comic strip Skippy when he was unable to because of his alcoholism.[5][2] Huget began drawing Don Flowers' Oh, Diana!, an adventure strip, in 1944 under the name Virginia Clark, eventually transforming it into a teen strip, which was a more popular genre at the time.[4][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Trina,, Robbins,. Pretty in ink : North American women cartoonists, 1896-2013. Valenti, Kristy, (First Fantagraphics Books ed.). Seattle, WA. ISBN 9781606996690. OCLC 847542191.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Hoeprich),, Kennedy, Martha H. (Martha. Drawn to purpose : American women illustrators and cartoonists. Hayden, Carla Diane, 1952-. Jackson. ISBN 9781496815927. OCLC 993601764.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World - Ms. Magazine Blog". Ms. Magazine Blog. 2014-09-29. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. ^ a b Trina,, Robbins,. A century of women cartoonists. Northampton, Massachusetts. ISBN 0878162062. OCLC 28183236.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. ^ a b c Trina., Robbins, (2001). The great women cartoonists. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications. ISBN 082302170X. OCLC 47018429.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. ^ huget, virginia. "Search results from Huget, Virginia". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved 2018-11-26.