The Born Loser, by Art Sansom

Art Sansom, who has English-German origins, was born Arthur B. Sansom II in East Cleveland. He attended Shaw High School and was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University where he majored in art. From 1952 to 1964 he made the comic strip 'Chris Welkin, Planeteer' with Russ Winterbotham.

Chris Welkin by Art Sansom
Chris Welkin (Le Petit Journal, Quebec, 23/11/1958)

He started his 'Born Loser' comic strip in May 1965. The strip is about the everyday life of Brutus P. Thornapple, and is distributed by Newspaper Enterprise Association to about 1400 newspapers. From the mid-1980's, Art Sansom is assisted by his son Chip. 'Born Loser' received the Reuben Award, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society, in 1987 and again in 1991, six weeks before Sansom died. Art Sansom has also drawn 'Vic Flint'.

The Born Loser, by Art Sansom

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