Frosty and Gabbie, by Martin B. Taras

Martin B. Taras, better known as Marty Tarras, is generally credited with the creation of 'Baby Huey' at Harvey Comics. While some debate this point, there is no question that Marty Taras drew and helped animate virtually all of Huey's adventures. Huey's official first appearance was in 'Quack a Doodle Doo', on March 3, 1950. Taras also drew for 'Casper, the Friendly Ghost', 'Herman and Katnip', 'Buzzy, the Funny Crow', 'Rags Rabbit', 'Spooky, the Tuff Little Ghost', 'Frosty and Gabbie' and 'Wendy the Good Little Witch'. 'Wendy' started life as the companion of 'Casper, the Friendly Ghost' in May, 1954. For Ziff Davis, he drew for the 'Sparkie' comic book, which was based on the famous 1950s TV show.

Baby Huey, by Marty Taras

Taras was also active in animation. He has worked for companies like Krantz Productions (the 1960's 'Spider-Man' series), Hanna-Babera ('Josie & the Pussycats'), Famous/Paramount ('Popeye', 'Casper'), Ralph Bakshi Productions ('Lord of the Rings', 'Fritz the Cat') and Terrytoons (director on 'Heckle & Jeckle'). Martin Taras died in 1994.

Sparkie, by Martin Taras

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