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NCS Luminaries: Paul Fung Jr.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Continuing, with the generous assistance of Dave Karlen, this week's look at some of the luminaries of the National Cartoonists Society. Today we 'reprint' Dave's post on NCS member, Paul Fung Jr. Here's his bio from Dave's blog:

"Born Seattle, Washington, March 9, 1923. Graduated from Pratt Institute. From age three, I grew up with every great cartoonist -- called all "Uncle". Marion DeBeck was my godmother. Didn't realize how lucky I was to mingle with such great company till later in life. Nor of Dad's reputation -- at four was in "Our Gang" comedies -- Did vaudeville for a few years, plus movie shorts -- then some radio kids shows, was a New York Yankees baseball team mascot via Lefty Gomez, Gerhig & Demaggio in 1936 to '39, flew with Gen. Chaunalt, in the 14th, 7th, 5th & 20th -- Air Force, CBI."


"Worked in advertising agencies after discharge in 1946. Artist, art director, production manager and account executive. Then King Features Syndicate for eighteen years as artist for special service department, drew Blondie comic book for forty years in all, over 500 comic books."


"Am proud of being voted best book artist and humorist by NCS in 1964 and 1980. Live on a 62 acre plot of land with my wife Carol, and a son who returned after wife problems. Daughter moved back too, after a ten year Army career. Have 4 grandchildren -- all girls. Working on animal cook book and entering local art shows. Still drawing (with a slanted view)."


* Thanks to Dave Karlen for providing all of today's scans and text!

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