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 Carl Thomas Anderson  (1865 - 1948)

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin/New York      Known for: illustrator-cartoonist

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BIOGRAPHY for Carl Anderson
1865 (Madison, Wisconsin)

Wisconsin/New York

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Although not particularly successful, Carl Anderson is noted as a long-established illustrator and cartoonist. His only enduring strip, Henry, was created when he was nearly 70 years old.

Carl Thomas Anderson was born in Madison, Wisconsin. He worked at his fathers trade of cabinetmaking until he was 27, when a taste for drawing led him to spend a year in art school in Philadelphia. For the next twelve years, he worked as a fashion illustrator, art editor, and strip cartoonist with papers in Pennsylvania and New York. Hearst and Pulitzer hired him alternately in their battle for supremacy in the comics. Anderson created several broadly humorous strips during the first years of the 1900s. Between these short-lived efforts, he kept himself afloat by teaching art in night school and contributing gag cartoons to such magazines as Judge, Life, Puck, and Colliers.

A skillful juvenile-illustrator, Anderson had a flair for expressive detail, but it was with the minimal style of the expressionless, salient Henry, who appeared in a Saturday Evening Post single-panel feature from 1932 to 1934, that he reached a wide audience. Rehired by Hearst, who had fired him 19 years before, to do Henry as a strip in 1934, Anderson drew it daily and Sunday until illness forced his retirement in 1942.

Although Anderson never married and had little contact with children, he became well known because of the oddly appealing little boy he created in his old age.

(Information on the biography above is based on writings from the book, "The Encyclopedia of American Comics", edited by Ron Goulart.)

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