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Lived/Active: Arizona/California      Known for: illustration-cartoons

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Gus Arriola established himself as a pioneer in "ethnic" comics when he created Gordo in 1941. For over four decades he amused Mexicans and gringos alike with the gracefully drawn and affectionately scripted series.

Arriola's Mexican-born family moved from his birthplace, Florence, Arizona, to Los Angeles when he was a boy, and the young artist went straight from high school to a job as an animator with MGM. After six or seven years of working on such features as "Tom and Jerry", Arriola felt ready to develop something from his own experience, and he hit on the natural idea of drawing on the warmth, color, and easy-going humor of his Mexican heritage. In November 1941, United Features Syndicate bought Gordo, a gag strip about a corpulent, life-loving Mexican tourist guide.

In 1942, Arriola enlisted in the Air Force where he served as a film animator, and discontinued his young strip. In 1943, he began a Sunday Gordo, and soon after his discharge, in 1946, resumed the dailies.

The droll word play, gentle whimsy, and above all the elegant and often innovative visual imagination of Gordo, earned Arriola the National Cartoonists Society's Best Humor Strip awards in 1957 and 1965. It remained a paper strip until Arriola retired himself and the strip in 1985. A retrospective collection of Sunday strips featuring animals, Gordo's Critters, appeared in 1989.

Ron Goulart, "The Encyclopedia of American Comics," edited by Ron Goulart.)

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Born in Florence, AZ on July 23, 1917. Gus Arriola was raised in Los Angeles. After high school, he worked on animation for two years at Screen Gem (“Krazy Kat”) followed by four years at MGM on "Tom and Jerry" cartoons. He sold "Gordo" to United Features Syndicate in 1941 and for 44 years wrote and drew the popular cartoon.He settled on the Monterey Peninsula in 1956 and remained until his demise in Carmel on Feb. 2, 2008.  Member: Carmel AA; Nat'l Cartoonists Society. Awards: "Best Humor Strip," Nat'l Cartoonists Society, 1957, 1965; "Distinguished Artist," Artists Club of SF, 1957; San Diego Comic-Con, Inkpot, 1981.  Works held:  Smithsonian Inst.
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Who's Who in American Art 1953-62.
Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here.

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