King David by Dan Smith

American illustrator Dan Smith was born in Ivugtut, Greenland, and raised in New York City. At the age of 14, he went to Copenhagen, Denmark to study art. In 1890 he joined the staff of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly as a sketch artist. He covered the 1890-1891 Indian troubles on the Pine Ridge Reservation and Wounded Knee. Until 1897, he traveled the West sketchign Native American and outdoor scenes.

The Jungle Folk, by Dan Smith (1903)

He left for Hearst's newspapers in 1897 and worked as an artist-correspondent during the Spanish-American War. For the next twenty years, his illustrations appeared in the Sunday World magazine section and were syndicated nationally. He was also sporadically active as a comic artist. He was one of many artists to bring anthropomorph animals to comics, like in the feature 'The Jungle Folk'.

In the final years of his life, Smith illustrated a series of comic strips based on biblical characters for King Features Syndicate. His comics told the stories of Joseph, David, Samson, Jezabel, etc., and were published in newspaper from June 1933 to June 1935. Smith has also illustrated covers for paperbacks.

King David by Dan Smith
L'Histoire du Saint Roi David (L'Action Catholique, 6/6/1943)

Images and text derived from an article by Peter Maresca in Comic Art #7

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