Al Smith (cartoonist)

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Al Smith (March 21, 1902 – November 24, 1986) was an American cartoonist whose work included a long run on the comic strip Mutt and Jeff.wikipedia
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Mutt and Jeff

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Al Smith (March 21, 1902 – November 24, 1986) was an American cartoonist whose work included a long run on the comic strip Mutt and Jeff. Smith also drew the strips Rural Delivery and Cicero's Cat, the topper strip accompanying Mutt and Jeff.
Mutt and Jeff remained in syndication until 1983, employing the talents of several cartoonists, chiefly Al Smith who drew the strip for nearly fifty years.

Bud Fisher

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Bud Fisher appeared to lose all interest in his Mutt and Jeff strip during the 1930s, and after Fisher's assistant Ed Mack died in 1932, the job of creating the strip fell to Al Smith.
In 1932, he authorized Al Smith to produce the strip under his supervision.

National Cartoonists Society

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Smith served as president of the National Cartoonists Society in 1967–1969.

George Wolfe (cartoonist)

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His comic strips Pops (1962–1978) and Citizen George (early 1970s) were syndicated by the Al Smith Feature Service.

Warren Sattler

His own strip, Grubby, ran from 1964 to 1997 (syndicated by the Al Smith Service).

Frank Thomas (comics)

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In the following decade, he did the Going West strip (1951–54), as well as Hossface Hank (Al Smith Service, 1955–1964).

United States

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Al Smith (March 21, 1902 – November 24, 1986) was an American cartoonist whose work included a long run on the comic strip Mutt and Jeff.

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Al Smith (March 21, 1902 – November 24, 1986) was an American cartoonist whose work included a long run on the comic strip Mutt and Jeff.

R. C. Harvey

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Comics historian R. C. Harvey postulates that Smith's nearly 50-year on the strip may be a world record for longevity.

Comic strip syndication

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Smith (and later his family members) also ran a comic strip syndication service — mainly serving weekly newspapers — from the 1950s until the late 1990s.

Brooklyn

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Born Albert Schmidt in Brooklyn, New York, Smith was the art editor for the syndication department of the New York World from 1920 to 1930.

New York World

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Born Albert Schmidt in Brooklyn, New York, Smith was the art editor for the syndication department of the New York World from 1920 to 1930.

United Feature Syndicate

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From 1920 to 1933, Smith wrote and drew the syndicated cartoon From Nine to Five for the World s syndicate service (it moved to the United Feature Syndicate and ended in 1933).

Allan Holtz

In the introduction to Forever Nuts: The Early Years of Mutt & Jeff, comic strip historian Allan Holtz gave the following reason for the strip's longevity and demise:

Topper (comic strip)

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Smith also drew the strips Rural Delivery and Cicero's Cat, the topper strip accompanying Mutt and Jeff.

Weekly newspaper

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Smith ran his syndication service — mainly serving weekly newspapers — from 1951 until his 1986 death, at which point it was supplying 25 features.

Chicago Tribune

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(Early on, the syndicate partnered with the Chicago Tribune.) With his death, management of the service was taken over by two of his daughters, with it lasting until c. 1999.

Funnies on Parade

Creators included F. O. Alexander, Gene Byrnes, Al Capp, Clare Victor Dwiggins, A. E. Hayward, C. M. Payne, Al Smith, and Harry J. Tuthill.

Bell Syndicate

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