Johnny Hart’s birthday
Originally shared by Grand Comics Database
Johnny Hart (18 February 1931 – 4 April 2007, USA) was a prominent newspaper strip cartoonist.
After military service, when he was published in “Stars and Stripes”, he became a magazine cartoonist in the mid-1950s. He appeared in magazines such as “The Saturday Evening Post” and “Collier’s Weekly”.
In 1957, he created “B.C.”, a humor strip about a very modern stone-age community. It became popular and widely licensed. Hart drew it to the day he died, and it is currently produced by his grandsons Mason Mastroianni and Mick Mastroianni.
In the early 1960s, Hart developed a new strip idea and involved Brant Parker as the artist. The result was “The Wizard of Id”, which began in 1964. This story of a sardonic wizard serving a ridiculous king is also still running, also now created by his grandsons.
In the mid-1980s, Hart joined a fundamentalist Christian church and increasingly began to express his new-found faith in his creative work. Today’s reader will need to look past increasingly open misogyny and anti-semitism to appreciate his later “B.C.” strips.
He received many awards from his fans and peers. The National Cartoonists Society gave him Reuben Awards for both “B.C.” (1968) and “Wizard of Id” (1984), as well as multiple other awards.
He received a Yellow Kid at Lucca in 1970, the first time the ‘Best Cartoonist of the Year’ award went to a USA creator.
At Comiclopedia — https://www.lambiek.net/artists/h/hart.htm
At Wikipedia — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hart
In the GCD — http://ow.ly/wx7K3097KHd
(Brant Parker created the art on the cover of the first ‘Wizard of Id’ collection, “The King Is a Fink!”, 1969)