Saturday, October 3, 2009

George Leonard Carlson 1887-1962

While George Carlson is perhaps best known for his work with the Jingle Jangle comic books, he had a long career illustrating children's books and authoring numerous guides to the art of cartooning.
He appears to have begun his career about 1916, but it was during the 1920s that his work became widely known, with illustrations for "Jane and the Owl," "Adventures of Jane," "The Adventures of Toby Spaniel," and others children's books. In 1933, he authored "Draw Comics - Here's How!," a book of instructions, tips, and techniques for cartooning, followed by at least two other guides to the art of drawing comics. In 1936, he illustrated the dust jacket for the first edition of Gone With the Wind. A million copies of Margaret Mitchell's book were printed and sold, and Carlson's reputation as an illustrator was made. In 1939, he was recruited by children's publisher Platt & Munk to illustrate Howard Garis' classic series of Uncle Wiggily stories, of which he did at least a dozen. He continued this association Platt & Munk for years, illustrating numerous "Pastime Fun Books" - Fun-Time Games, Puzzles, Stunts, Drawings, Riddles, Mazes, and other pictorial challenges. During the 1940's and 50's, he continued to produce works along the same lines - guides to drawing, comics, and more Fun books. Carlson died in 1962.

The illustrations above appear in "Uncle Wiggly and His Friends", originally published in 1939 by Platt & Monk. (How cute is that elephant?!?)

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