Joe Jinks, by Vic Forsythe 1932

Vic Forsythe was born in Southern California as Victor Clyde Forsythe, and was known as Clyde (1885-1962). He grew up in Tombstone, Arizona, and studied art at the Los Angeles School of Art & Design and then in New York at the Arts Students League. Forsythe's early work was cartooning for New York papers.

Divot Diggers, by Vic Forsythe (1931)

Forsythe is the creator of the newspaper strip 'Joe Jinks', which first appeared in the New York World in 1918 under the name 'Joe's Car'. Its title character is a balding, agitated man with a passion for automobiles (later airplanes), and his nagging wife, Blanche. The Sunday page was accompanied by the topper 'Divot Diggers'. Forsythe left the strip in 1933 to work on 'Way Out West'. From then on, the strip was drawn by a succession of different artists until 1971, including: Pete Llanuza, Sam and Mo Leff, Bill Holman, Henry Formhals, Al McWilliams, John Celardo and Wayne Boring.

Forsythe lived in New Rochelle, NY and shared a studio with Norman Rockwell. In 1920 he returned to the west with his bride. In addition to various strips, Forsythe was also an illustrator and a painter of western landscapes.

Joe Jinks, by Vic Forsythe (1931)

Additional info by Joyce K. Schiller of the Norman Rockwell Museum
Last updated: 2014-08-03

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