Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, by Joe Musial (1945)

Joe Musial was born in Yonkers, New York in 1905, to Polish immigrant parents. After graduating from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, he studied for a year at the Sorbonne University of Paris, France. In 1929, Musial got his first professional job as assistant on Billy DeBeck's 'Barney Google'. In 1932, Joseph Musial joined the staff of King Features. He was assigned a variety of strips to work on, including 'Thimble Theatre', 'Blondie', 'Secret Agent X9', 'Bringin Up Father', 'Tillie the Toiler', 'Elmer', 'X-9' and 'Little Iodine'. At times when various artists were unable to work due to illness or other, he could step in and take over.

Katzenjammer Kids (in Polish?), by Joe Musial

Joe Musial also drew 'Jan and Aloysius', 'Teddy and Sitting Bull' and 'Dollar A Dither' and wrote several Flash Gordon story books. Following Doc Winner's death, Musial was picked to do 'The Katzenjammer Kids' in 1956. Joseph Musial was also the author of 'The Career Guide for Cartoonists'. He was also instrumental in illustrating the first talking, read along children's book called 'Matey'. He died on 6 June 1977 at his home in Long Island, New York.

Bunky, by Joe Musial (1945)
Bunky, by Joe Musial (1945)

Last updated: 2007-06-16

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