HARRY CORNELL GREENING
American cartoonist, comic artist, illustrator, and inventor born in Titusville, Pennsylvania and grew up in New Jersey, living at home with his parents until he was in his 40s. He studied drawing at the Art Students League in New York and, in 1896, made his first sales to the New York Herald, Life, and Truth. In 1898 he began working for the Hearst organization, turning out strips and panel cartoons. In 1902 he produced a comic strip about a trader, Si Swapper, for the New York Herald. Shortly thereafter, he became a contributor to Puck, Judge, Harper's, Scribner's, and the children's magazine St. Nicholas, for which he originated the series Prince Red Feather. For the New York Herald, Greening created the comic strips Percy, Fritz von Blitz, and Prince Errant, then served in World War I as an artist with the American Expeditionary Forces. In the 1920s he devised a child strip for distribution by the McClure Syndicate called Eb and Flo, and submitted drawings to the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News. By 1930 he called Los Angeles home and worked as a newspaper cartoonist. The prolific Greening also wrote The Wishbone Man around 1924 and invented toys for children.
Horn, World Encyclopedia of Cartoons; Who Was Who in America, vol. 5; Opitz, ed., Mantle Fielding's Dictionary, Fourteenth Census of the United States: 1920, New Jersey, Essex County, City of East Orange, enumeration district 43, sheet 14-A; Fifteenth Census of the United States: 1930, California, Los Angeles County, City of Los Angeles, enumeration district 19-420, sheet 11 B.
Information courtesy of Sara W. Duke, Curator, Popular & Applied Graphic Art, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.