Charlie McCarthy by Ben Batsford
Charlie McCarthy (from Quebec newspaper Le Soleil, 1939)

Ben Batsford was an early American newspaper comic artist. Coming from Canada, he was staff editorial cartoonist on the Winnipeg Free Press for many years and served in the Canadian army in France during World War I. He moved to the USA after the War and started a career as a police reporter. His strip 'Billy's Uncle' was originally syndicated by George Matthew Adams Service from 1921 to 1926.

Charlie McCarthy by Ben Batsford
Charlie McCarthy (from Quebec newspaper Le Soleil, 1939)

He then joined the artistic staff of King Features. He drew some obscure strips such as 'Doings of the Duffs' (created by Walter Allman), 'Little Annie Rooney (1929-30, taken over from Ed Verdier and left to Darrel McClure in 1930) and 'Frankie Doodle'. In the late 1930s he drew the comic strip based on Edgar Bergen's 'Mortimer Snurd & Charlie McCarthy'. Batsford did comic book art through the Sangor shop in the early 1940s, illustrating 'Helpful Herbert' for Better Publications.

Frankie Doodle, by Ben Bootsford (1939)

Last updated: 2009-03-20

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