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Charley Burns – RIP

Wilmington sport cartoonist Charley Burns has passed away.

Charles Kennedy (Charley) Burns
January 10, 1923 – September 29, 2018

From the obituary:

[Charley] graduated in 1949 from the John Hussian School of Art in Philadelphia, which launched his art career with the E.I DuPont & de Nemours Company for over 30 years.

After retirement, he started his own freelance art business, ‘Fast Draw Studios.’ Over his lifetime, Charley had a legendary art career, including sport illustration and cartooning for the Wilmington News Journal, and hundreds of commissioned illustrations, cartoons, and caricatures for the public, as well as family and friends. One of his proudest works was a cartoon illustration for Frank Sinatra, as he was an avid Sinatra fan, and would often be heard crooning his songs.

After establishing work as an artist, he gave a few cartoons to the Wilmington News-Journal’s sports editor and great friend, the legendary Al Cartwright. This opened a new chapter for Charley – featured sports illustrator. Many of his works for the Journal are proudly displayed at the Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame (DSMHOF).

In 2013 Charley was inducted into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame not just as a sports cartoonist, but also with legitimate credits as a sports participant, coach, and promoter.

I was unable to find any sports cartoons by Charley,
and a 2015 profile of Charley is, unfortunately, behind a paywall.

 

 

 

 

 

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