Dean Denton, by Tex Blaisdell (1940)

Tex Blaisdell was an American cartoonist who has worked on over 20 well-known American newspaper comics throughout his career. Born as Philip Blaisdell in Houston, Texas, he studied at the Art Student League. He was in the US Air Force for four years. Prior to the war, he had already drawn 'Dean Denton' for the comic books of Centaur Publishing. Back in civil life, he cooperated as an assistant on newspaper comics by Stan Drake, Irwin Hasen, Dick Wingert, Bud Sagendorf and Al Capp for a period of thirteen years.

He also worked with Hal Foster on 'Prince Valiant' in the 1960s. He took over the 'Little Orphan Annie' strip after Harold Gray's death in 1968 and continued it with writer Elliot Caplin until 1973. As a member of Leonard Starr's studios, he was responsible for the backgrounds of 'Mary Perkins, On Stage'. He was also an inker on DC comic books like 'Green Lantern', 'Adam Strange', 'Superman', Flash' and 'Batman' throuhout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He was a teacher at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art.

Little Orphan Annie, by Tex Blaisdell

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