Mort Walker: Conversationsby Jason Whiton
Pub. Date: 01/11/2005
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
When Mort Walker (b. 1923) was ten years old, he received an inscribed Moon Mullins cartoon from its creator Frank Willard that read, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell-I'll bet you'll be a big shot cartoonist some day." By the time he was fifteen, Walker was a comic strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. By the time he was eighteen, he… See more details below
When Mort Walker (b. 1923) was ten years old, he received an inscribed Moon Mullins cartoon from its creator Frank Willard that read, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell-I'll bet you'll be a big shot cartoonist some day." By the time he was fifteen, Walker was a comic strip artist for a daily metropolitan newspaper. By the time he was eighteen, he was chief editor of Hallmark Cards.
In 1950, King Features picked up his strip Beetle Bailey for syndication. Four years later, Walker created a spin-off of Beetle Bailey called Hi and Lois. Both strips continue to run daily, drawn and/or supervised by Walker, and Beetle Bailey is distributed to roughly 1,800 newspapers. Walker is one of the most widely read cartoonists in American history, and a legend in his own time.
Mort Walker: Conversations collects interviews and articles that span from 1938 to 2004. His engagement with the Museum of Cartoon Artwhich he foundedis discussed in these pieces, along with the politics involved in working with cartoonists' unions, artistic communities, and syndications. In these conversations Walker shows how he has managed to keep his art and stories fresh for over seventy years of production.
Jason Whiton is an award-winning screenwriter, artist, and teacher based in Vermont. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, USA Weekend, Woman's World, Japan Times, and Photographer's Forum Annual.
Table of Contents
|Cartoonist draws pay as well as pictures||3|
|Mort Walker, Kansas City cartoonist, wins first place in 1940 Captains Club Contest||5|
|NCS living library||14|
|Mort Walker chronicles his life and his ideals in three comic strips||23|
|Bringing up Beetle||28|
|Cartoonist profiles : Sam & Silo||36|
|Interview : Mort Walker||41|
|The world of cartooning : Mort Walker||89|
|Cartoonist profiles : Gamin and Patches||101|
|Man bites dog||108|
|The word from Mount Laughmore||122|
|Hi and Lois : all in the families||134|
|Mort Walker interview||149|
|Bailey strips gets attitude adjustment||168|
|Taking a walker on the wild side||171|
|Cartooning with blitz : Mort Walker||178|
|Will Beetle Bailey ever grow up?||184|
|Comics reflect on events of Sept. 11||192|
|At home with Mort Walker||196|
|In the studio with Mort Walker||224|
|Some last minute reflections on my life||261|
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