Saunders, Allen, 1899-1986

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Comic strip writer from Toledo, Ohio also active in professional and community organizations.

From the description of [Papers], 1909-1986 / Allen Saunders. (Bowling Green State University). WorldCat record id: 37023146

John Allen Saunders (1899-1986), known as Allen Saunders, was an American writer and cartoonist.

Allen Saunders was born in Lebanon, Indiana on March 24, 1899. He studied at Wabash College, where he received his A.B. and M.A. degrees, and at the University of Chicago and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

Saunders was a member of The Players in New York City, the National Cartoonists Society and the Newspaper Comics Council, of which he was a past chairman. He was the author and creator of the well-known syndicated comic-strips Steve Roper, Kerry Drake, and Mary Worth . He was also the author of the pamphlet "A Career for Your Child in the Comics?" Saunders contributed to Coronet, Colliers and many popular fiction magazines. His lectures included "Comics Are Serious Business" and "The Philosophy of Humor". Saunders served as the Continuity Editor of the Publishers Syndicate and President of Art Interests, Inc., which is an organization providing scholarships to talented young artists.

Allen Saunders died in 1986.

From the guide to the Allen Saunders Papers, 1938-1964, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Ernst, Ken, 1918-1985. Mary Worth / Ken Ernst & A. Saunders. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Saunders, Allen. [Papers], 1909-1986 / Allen Saunders. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf Ernst, Kenneth, 1918-1985. Mary Worth. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Overgard, William. Steve Roper. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
referencedIn Allen and John Saunders Collection, 1909-1986 Bowling Green State University - Browne Popular Culture Library
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Allen Saunders 1899-1986 biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Crawford, Bill, 1913-1982. National Cartoonists Society Living Library 1962. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn San Francisco Academy of Comic Art collection : Newspaper Comic Strips, 1893-1996 The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
creatorOf Allen Saunders Papers, 1938-1964 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
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associatedWith Allen and John Saunders person
associatedWith Andriola, Alfred. person
associatedWith Ernst, Ken, 1918-1985. person
associatedWith Ernst, Kenneth, 1918-1985. person
associatedWith Overgard, William. person
associatedWith Publishers Syndicate. corporateBody
associatedWith San Francisco Academy of Comic Art. Bill Blackbeard, Director corporateBody
associatedWith Saunders, John. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Comic books, strips, etc
American wit and humor, Pictorial
Cartoonists--United States
Caricatures and cartoons--United States
Comic books, strips, etc.--United States


Birth 1899-04-24

Death 1986-01-28



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