Mickey Mouse by Win Smith
Mickey Mouse (25/4/1930)

Win Smith, an artist from Phoenix, Arizona, worked as a newspaper cartoonist and illustrator in the 1920s. In January 1930, he inked the first 'Mickey Mouse' daily strips that were pencilled by Ub Iwerks, and scripted by Walt Disney himself. In February and May of that same year, he did both pencils and inks. Apparently not content to draw the entire strip on his own, he resigned and handed the daily over to Floyd Gottfredson, who continued it for several decades.

Mickey Mouse by Win Smith
Mickey Mouse (3/5/1930)

Smith's next comic strip work was for Ub Iwerks' 'Flip the Frog' around 1931. In 1934, he did artwork for the newspaper version of the Harman-Ising animated character 'Bosko'. For Western Publishing, he illustrated the first comics with 'Bugs Bunny' in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. He also worked as a storyman on 'Oswald the Rabbit' for Walter Lantz in 1938. At the time of his death, he was working as a drawing teacher at Phoenix High School.

Bosko, by Win Smith

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