Will B. Johnstone

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Will B. Johnstone
William Breuninger Johnstone

(1881-03-13)March 13, 1881
DiedFebruary 4, 1944(1944-02-04) (aged 62)
OccupationCartoonist; Lyricist; Librettist; Scenarist

Will B. Johnstone (13 March 1881 –4 February 1944) was an American writer, cartoonist, and lyricist. His writing credits include the Marx Brothers's Broadway revue I'll Say She Is and, with S.J. Perelman, their first two Hollywood films, Monkey Business and Horse Feathers. He also wrote several popular songs, including a version of How Dry I Am.

He created the cartoon character of The Tax Payer wearing only a barrel held up by suspenders. It was a regular feature in the New York World-Telegram.[1] Johnstone also created the comic strip You Know Me Al[2] (distributed by the Bell Syndicate).

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  • Lardner, Ring (1979). Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al: The Comic Strip Adventures of Jack Keefe.Introduction Al Capp Illustrations: Will B Johnstone and Dick Dorgan. New York City: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.


  1. ^ Popik, Barry (February 9, 2006). "Tax Payer (Will B. Johnstone cartoon character)". The Big Apple. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Johnstone entry, Lambiek's Comiclopedia. Accessed Nov. 16, 2018.