Frank Thomas' Chuck Hardy
One of the pleasures of doing this blog is hearing from the family members of comic book artists. This is an e-mail note from Frank Thomas' brother, Clint:
Pappy, Thanks so much for the Billy and Bonny Bee sequence [from Pappy's #168 and also Pappy's #299]. I'm Frank's kid brother, nine years younger. You may know Frank passed away in the sixties. He was a great cartoonist and an even greater brother. As you probably know also his last years were spent ghosting Ferd'nand.In a follow-up note answering a question of mine, Clint told me Frank died in 1968 of cancer of the esophagus. He would have been only 54.
Keep up the great blog. Mine by the way is at www.clintnmary.org and is for the family. Frank's daughter Nancy lives in Seattle and is married to Jim Bardeen, youngest son of Nobel Laureate John Bardeen.
Thanks again, Clint Thomas
Frank Thomas was an early comic book pioneer. This particular strip, "Chuck Hardy," from Amazing-Man Comics #9, was produced in 1939. It is somewhat crude, but when Thomas went on to do his funny animal strips, like "Billy and Bonny Bee," just a few years later, his work was at a very high level, with the best of the funny animal cartoonists.