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 Charles Edward "Bunny" Schultze  (1866 - 1939)



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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: comic strip artist

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BIOGRAPHY for Charles Schultze
1866 (Lexington, Kentucky)

New York

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Known for his cartoon series, Foxy Grandpa, Charles Schultze created a character who, as a "sly old man was more than a match for his juniors" and "whose would-be tormentors always failed."  As a result of the strip's popularity, the phrase "foxy grandpa' has become a widely used phrase to describe this type of 'senior'. 

Schultze signed his work with his childhood name, "Bunny", and then drew a "staid little bunny rabbit by his signature for good measure".

He was born in Kentucky to German immigrant parents who sent him back to Germany to be educated.  Returning to the U.S. as a teen ager, he took a job in Chicago with the art department of the Chicago News.  His drawing skills attracted an editor of the New York Journal, who hired him to do a comic strip.  Thus began on January 7, 1900, the comic strip of Foxy Grandpa, which was a contrast to the Journal's popular Katzenjammer Kids by Rudolph Dirks in that it was not about ornery children tricking adults.  Two years later, Schultze's comic strip moved to the New York American, and became so widely popular that a musical comedy was made from it that first year of publication with the Journal.  However, because of ebbing interest in the single theme, the Journal dropped Foxy Grandpa in 1910.  The New York Press then picked it up, but by 1918, it had run its course.

For the remainder of his life, Charles Schultz worked for Chesler comic book shop.  He died in 1939.

Ron Goulart, The Encyclopedia of American Comics from 1897 to the Present, p. 140

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