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2019: The Dearly Departed

 

This is an installment of 2019 Newspaper Comics: Debuts, Departures, and the Dearly Departed.
(part 1: Debuts – – part 2: Departures – – part 3: Dearly Departed – – part 4: Detours/Deviations)

 

2019 – The Dearly Departed
These U. S. newspaper and magazine cartoonists died in 2019.

 


BATTON A. LASH [nee:MARANGI]
October 29, 1953 – January 12, 2019
comic books
comic strip: Wolff & Byrd, Counselors of the Macabre
comic strip: Obama Nation (online)

 

JOHN STEPHEN (STEVE) MCLACHLIN
October 6, 1936 – January, 2019
newspaper art director/illustrator
Newspaper cartoonist

 

JAMES HUBERT (JIM) EARLE
May 2, 1932 – February 4, 2019
engineer, graphics and drafting teacher
comic panel: Cadet Slouch

 

JEAN-THOMAS (TOMI) UNGERER
November 28, 1931 – February 9, 2019
artist, writer
Magazine cartoonist and illustrator

 

JOSEPH A. (JOE) RUISI
November 4, 1936 – March 10, 2019
Gag and editorial cartoonist

 


THOMAS KREUSCH (TOM K.) RYAN [aka: T.K.RYAN]
June 6, 1926 – March 12, 2019
comic strip: Tumbleweeds

 


KENNETH BRUCE (KEN) BALD
August 1, 1920 – March 17, 2019
comic books
comic strip: Judd Saxon
comic strip: Dr. Kildare
comic strip: Dark Shadows (as ‘K. Bruce’)

 

HAROLD RODNEY EMERY
May 31, 1920 – March 20, 2019
magazine cartoon gag writer
comic strip and panel gag writer: Dennis the menace, Archie
Mrs. Fitz’s Flats, Senator Caucus, Laugh0In, Priscilla’s Pop,
Ziggy, The Lockhorns, Agatha Crumm, Mother Goose and Grimm

 

JAMES ROBERT ESTES
January 23, 1942 – March 24, 2019
Magazine cartoonist
comic strip: Sea Rations
comic strip: Sonny Pew

 


DONALD LESTER (DON) MORGAN
May 16, 1938 – March 31, 2019
animation
comic strip: Pogo

 

DONALD DUANE (DON) AULT
October 5, 1942 – April 10, 2019
english professor
Comics scholar/historian

 


DREXEL DWANE POWELL, JR.
November 7, 1944 – April 14, 2019
Editorial cartoonist

 

PETER SPIRO VATSURES
July 26, 1930 – April 15, 2019
commercial artist, art director, painter, musician
Magazine cartoonist

 

THOMAS F. MCLAUGHLIN
April 11, 1928 – April 27, 2019
Magazine and newspaper cartoonist

 

NURIT KARLIN
December 26, 1938 – April 30, 2019
children’s book author/illustrator
New Yorker cartoonist

 


JORDI (JORGE) LONGARÓN
February 1, 1933 – May 10, 2019
comic books and magazines
comic strip: Friday Foster

 

JOHN DAVID GAVIN LATHAM
1959 – May 25, 2019
Editorial cartoonist

 


EVERETT RAYMOND KINSTLER
August 5, 1926 – May 26, 2019
portrait, book, and magazine artist, comic books
comic strip: Strictly G.I.

 

JOSEPH PHILLIP (JOE) LANIER
November 19, 1937 – May 26, 2019
law enforcement, security
Magazine cartoonist

 

DENNIS B. (SKIP) MORROW
ca. 1951 – May 28, 2019
musician, artist
Cartoonist – books, greeting cards

 

MARIAN DEL VACCHIO
February 24, 1935 – June 15, 2019
activist
Newspaper cartoonist

 


WILLIAM FERDINAND BROWN
April 16, 1928 – June 23, 2019
author, illustrator, TV writer, playwright
Cartoonist
comic strip: Mixed Singles
comic strip: Warp Wilson

 

JAMES ROBERT (BOB) COPE
February 6, 1937 – July 18, 2019
engineer
Sterling Journal Advocate political cartoonist

 


ERNIE COLÓN
ERNESTO SIERRA DE CORDOBES Y LOPEZ COLÓN
July 13, 1931 – August 8, 2019
comic book artist, writer, editor
comic strip:Star Hawks
comic strip: Star Trek
comic strip: Spy Cat

 


LAWRENCE HARVEY (LARRY) SIEGEL
October 29, 1925 – August 20, 2019
writer, hunorist
MAD magazine

 

MARY CATHERINE (MC) ZINS
?June 2, 1964? – August 22, 2019
artist
Editorial cartoonist

 

CHARLES J. (SKIP) SEDORE
February 25, 1930 – August 24, 2019
designer, poet, musician
Cartoonist
comic panel: Wicked Good Humor

 

LEE J. SALEM
July 21, 1946 – September 2, 2019
Universal Press Syndicate editor, president

 

LAURIE L. MITCHELL
ca. 1957/58 – September 14, 2019
artist, author
Greeting cards: Listen Doll

 

RUSINS KAUFMANIS
March 27, 1925 – September 20, 2019
Ottawa Citizen editorial cartoonist

 


ARTHUR DANA FRADON
April 14, 1922 – October 5, 2019
Magazine cartoonist

 

SAMUEL DOUGLAS (DOUG) DILLARD
July 11, 1929 – October 5, 2019
Baptist Standard editorial cartoonist
comic panel: Bro. Blotz

 

STEVEN ALDRICH (STEVE) DUQUETTE
May 13, 1927 – October 26, 2019
Gag cartoonist, spot illustrator,
editorial cartoonist, caricaturist

 

COILA ANN DAVIS
April 28, 1947 – November 4, 2019
Rockford Register Star editorial cartoonist

 

THOMAS MARTIN (TOM) SPURGEON
December 16, 1968 – November 13, 2019
comics journalist, CXC executive, Comics Journal editor
The Comics Reporter
comic strip: Wildwood (Bobo’s Progress)

 


MIKE LANE
1949 – November17, 2019
Baltimore Sun editorial cartoonist

 


GAHAN ALLEN WILSON
February 18, 1930 – November 21, 2019
Magazine cartoonist
comic strip: Gahan Wilson Sunday Comics

 

LEWIS AUBURN (LEW) LITTLE
September 1, 1933 – November 21, 2019
comic strip promoter
Syndicate editor, executive

 


HOWARD RUSSELL CRUSE
May 2, 1944 – November 26, 2019
comic books, illustrator
comic strip: Barefootz
comic strip: Tops and Button

 

STUART JAMES (STU) KNICKERBOCKER
March 10, 1925 – December 14, 2019
commercial artist, animator
Magazine cartoonist

 

Update:
Sadly the above creators are only part of the comics community that passed on in 2019.
Mike Rhode and the Comics Research Bibliography have posted a list that goes beyond my accounting of newspaper and magazine cartoonists. Mike also includes cartoonists from comic books, animation, and the international stage. Mike’s 2019 list is at his ComicsDC site.

corrections welcomed
additions accepted

 

Community Comments

#1 Jon Ingersoll
January/1/2020
@ 9:02 pm

I’ve never heard of Strictly G.I. or that Kinsler did any strip work. It’s not listen in Holtz. Do you have any further information?

#2 D. D. Degg
January/2/2020
@ 10:24 am

Strictly G. I. was a 1946 comic strip for the Fort Dix camp newspaper – First Call(?). The information comes from Steven Ringgenberg’s The Comics Journal obituary :
“Kinstler was drafted in 1945, but World War II was officially over when he was called up for duty in December of that year. He was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey … He did, however, volunteer to do a comic strip called “Strictly GI” for his camp newspaper…”
http://www.tcj.com/everett-raymond-kinstler-1926-2019/
They offer up a sample of the comic strip there.

I do not have Jim Vadeboncoeur’s book on Kinstler, so don’t know if that was the original source.

#3 Darryl Heine
January/3/2020
@ 8:56 pm

Also died in 2019 but comic strip TV special related: Lee Mendelson, co-creator of the Peanuts animated TV specials.

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