'Movie Monsters' (Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats #1).

Orlando Busino is an American magazine cartoonist, mostly known as simply "Busino". His gag cartoons have appeared in McCalls, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping and Saturday Evening Post. During the 1960s, he also drew for Archie Comics.

Cartoon for the Saturday Evening Post, 27 July 1957.

Early life and career
He was born in 1926 in Binghamton, New York, where he developed an early interest in cartooning. At age 14 he already sold his first cartoon to the New York Daily Mirror. He won many contests held by Open Road for Boys magazine and made cartoons for his high school newspaper. During his military service at the Albrook Air Force Station in 1945-1947 he drew cartoons for his army unit newspaper. Back in civilian life, he continued his education at the State University of Iowa, while submitting cartoons to The Daily Iowan. In 1952 he settled in New York City, where the took an evening course at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School. He had a daytime job in the ad department of the Macmillan Publishing Company.

Sequential cartoon for Boys' Life (March, 1967).

Magazine cartoonist
Busino began his enduring collaboration with the Saturday Evening Post. While remaining a contributor to this magazine throughout his career, he also published his gag cartoons in McCalls, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping and Boys' Life. In January 1970 he created in Boys' Life his best-known character: a large white dog called Gus, who has had a prominent spot on the 'Think & Grin' page since. Busino's animals cartoons have been collected by Aperture in 'Good Boy! and Other Animal Cartoons' (1980) and 'Oh, Gus!' (1981). On occasions, he also assisted his good friend Bob Weber Sr. on his 'Moose Miller' newspaper strip.

'Teen-agers of the Past - the Middle Ages' (Archie's Mad House #12).

Archie Comics
During the early 1960s, Busino was also active for comic books published by Archie Comics. He notably appeared in 'Archie's Mad House' (1960-1962) and 'Tales Calculated to Drive You Bats' (1961-1962), two humor titles trying to cash in on the success of Mad Magazine. Archie's regular teenage cast of characters were still the mascots, but the features were more absurd and nonsensical than the regular Archie books. Busino often collaborated with writer George Gladir. Much of this work was reprinted in the 1970s and then again in 'World of Archie Double Digest' (2012-2015).

In 1965, 1967 and 1968 Orlando Busino was named "Magazine Gag Cartoonist of the Year" by the National Cartoonists Society. The now-retired cartoonist resides in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Gus and his creator.

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