1. John Stanley (1914 – 1993)

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    Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, John Stanley, is best known for rendition of comic Little Lulu.

    Beginning his artistic journey In the 1930s, illustrating for the Fleischer animation studios, Mr. Stanley went on to freelance for the Western Printing Company. During this period he created stories for many much-loved characters including Bugs Bunny, Andy Panda, and Woody Woodpecker.

    One day, mid 1940s, Oscar Lebeck approached John Stanley to produce a bi-monthly series of Marjorie Henderson Buell’s Lulu Moppett character. Mr. Stanley stuck to scripting duties for the most part, but did draw many of the early issues, and would produce a storyboard sketch for artist’s Irving Tripp and Charles Hedinger to work from.

    Modestly shrugging off being selected for the Little Lulu comic as “chance”, other illustrators are not so coy about singing his prises.

    Fred Hembeck hailed John Stanley as,

    “The most consistently funny cartoonist to work in the comic book medium”.

    and C.C. Beck said,

    “The only comic books I ever read and enjoyed were Little Lulu and Donald Duck.”

    A great place to find out more about John Stanley and his contribution to the comic industry is the blog, Stanley Stories.