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Spider

Mort Walker drew a college student with a hat in some of the cartoons that he sold to the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.

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Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Mort Walker, circa 1948

The SAP editor, John Bailey, liked the character and suggested to Mort that he develop a regular feature for the kid. These are Mort’s first design sketches of “Spider” from 1949. The one at the top center was the one he chose to use.
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Reuben Awards 2015

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, The National Cartoonists Society presents its highest award, “The Reuben” named after the organization’s founder Rube Goldberg, to the “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.”  Recent locations for the ceremony have been Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, San Diego and, this year, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. “Silver Reuben” Division Award plaques were also presented to cartoonists in fifteen different genres. For a complete list of winners go to: http://www.reuben.org/2015/05/reuben-awards-winners-2015/
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Early Disappointment

While Mort Walker was still enrolled at the University of Missouri, he submitted his first strips to the syndicates. In 1947, he went to New York with two ideas he had worked up with his old high school buddy, Dave Hornaday. Bo Wander was a semi-illustrative story strip about a writer. The text was written in the style of a novel and appeared beneath illustrations of the character’s adventures. They thought it would definitely sell.
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