William G. Smith was born in 1948, and raised in a (then) rural area
west of Denver, CO. He began drawing with serious intent (copying
comic book characters) at age three and painting in oils at the age of
ten. His first commission was completed for the custodian at his
grade school at age eleven. As a kid, he won two bicycles and a nice
.22 rifle from the Denver Post in cartoon contests.
Sports and academics occupied most of his time in high school and
although he didn't take art classes, he continued to draw and
Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1970, where he served as the art editor, head cartoonist, and frequent
cover artist for the school's LOG magazine. Many of
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