Walker, Mort

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Born Addison Morton Walker in Eldorado, Kansas in 1923; reared in Kansas City; graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia; and served with the U.S. Army in Italy as a 1st Lieutenant in World War II. At age twelve he sold his first cartoon, at fifteen was drawing a comic strip, The Lime Juicers, for the Kansas City Journal. At twenty-six he married Jean Walker and created Beetle Bailey which he sold to King Features Syndicate. His honors include the Reuben Award, 1953; "Silver Lady" outstanding cartoonist of the year, 1955; president of the National Cartoonist Society for 1959-60; National Cartoonists Society best comic strip, 1966, 1969. In addition to Beetle Bailey (1950 to date), Walker produced (some collaboratively): Hi and Lois, 1954 to date; Mrs. Fitz' Flats, 1957-72; Sam's Strip, 1961-63; Boner's Ark 1968-2000; Sam and Silo, 1977 to date; The Evermores, 1983-86; Betty Boop and Felix, 1984-88 and Gamin and Patches, 1987-88. Walker founded the Museum of Cartoon Art in Port Chester, New York in 1974, later the International Museum of Cartoon Art. In 1985 he married Catherine Carty Prentice. He has 7 children and lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

From the description of The Mort Walker collection : papers, 1946-[ongoing]. 1946- (University of Missouri -- Columbia). WorldCat record id: 44671268

American illustrator and cartoonist; b. Addison Mort Walker, 1923; creator of Beetle Bailey and other comic strips.

From the description of Mort Walker collection, 1955-1966. (Boston University). WorldCat record id: 70969612

Mort Walker was born on Deptember 3, 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Missouri in 1948. Mort Walker is probably best known as a cartoonist. He has been the creator of "Beetle Bailey" since 1950 and "Hi and Lois" since 1954. Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 8, pp. 211-213.

From the description of Mort Walker Papers 1972. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 432980721

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creatorOf Borgman, Jim. Jim Borgman Collection, 1880-1990 (bulk 1976-1990). Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Ohio State University. Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Mort Walker 1923- biographical file. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Walker, Mort. Mort Walker Papers 1972. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Walker, Mort. Beetle Bailey / by Mort Walker. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Walker, Mort. Hi and Lois / [by Mort Walker and Dik Browne]. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Walker, Mort. Mort Walker collection, 1955-1966. Boston University. School of Medicine
creatorOf Russel B. Nye Popular Culture Collection. Beetle Bailey : clipping file. Michigan State University Libraries, Main Library
creatorOf Walker, Mort. The Mort Walker collection : papers, 1946-[ongoing]. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Mendez, Toni. Toni Mendez collection. Ohio State University Libraries
referencedIn Crawford, Bill, 1913-1982. National Cartoonists Society Living Library 1962. Ohio State University Libraries
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associatedWith Comic Collection (University of Missouri--Columbia. Libraries) corporateBody
associatedWith International Museum of Cartoon Art (Boca Raton, Fla.) corporateBody
associatedWith King Features Syndicate. corporateBody
associatedWith Mendez, Toni. person
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associatedWith Museum of Cartoon Art. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Missouri--Columbia corporateBody
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Comic books, strips, etc.--History and criticism
Caricature--20th century
Bailey, Beetle (Fictitious character)
Cartoonists--United States



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