Orlando Busino – RIP

Cartoonist Orlando Busino has passed away.

Orlando Francis Busino
October 10, 1926 – January 11, 2022

From the obituary:

Orlando F. Busino, 95, of Ridgefield, died peacefully on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. He was the loving husband of Ann (Darlington) Busino having just celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Mr. Busino was a retired Cartoonist and his work was published in newspapers and magazines including McCall’s and Boy’s Life. He was a member of the Cartoonist Society and a 3-time winner of the Gag Cartoonist of the Year Award and several other awards.

The Boys’ Life and McCalls credits barely scratch the surface of Orlando’s cartooning career.

He also contributed to the Saturday Evening Post, Fantasy & Science Fiction, True, Reader’s Digest, American Legion Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Argosy, 1000 Jokes, & more.

Mike Lynch spotlighted Orlando and his cartoons a couple years ago.

Orlando also dipped his pen into comic books for a short time
when he teamed up with George Gladir to create a title for Archie Comics.

From the Orlando Busino biography at Lambiek:

During the early 1960s, Busino was also active for comic books published by Archie Comics. He notably appeared in ‘Archie’s Mad House’ (1960-1962) and ‘Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats’ (1961-1962), two humor titles trying to cash in on the success of Mad Magazine. Archie’s regular teenage cast of characters were still the mascots, but the features were more absurd and nonsensical than the regular Archie books. Busino often collaborated with writer George Gladir.

Orlando also got into comic stripping, contributing to Moose Miller.

Richard Marschall:

There were times – I think overlapping – when he would have his good friend (humanity’s good friend) Orlando Busino ghost some Moose dailies and Sundays… while Bob pitched in on his son’s own feature Comics For Kids: Slylock Fox and crew. Crazy merry-go-‘round? Sure! All cartooning, all fun.

Orlando also assisted on Gil Thorp:

… in the Wilton Bulletin, March 27, 1996, Murphy wrote

“Jack was constantly on the lookout for ideas to use,” said longtime friend Orlando Busino, a Ridgefield resident who has done the lettering in Gil Thorp for the past eight years.

But it was in his thousands of gag cartoons where Orlando’s fame was secured.

add: Friend and fellow cartoonist Mike Lynch has a memoriam for Orlando.

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