Gene Deitch is best known for his work in the animation field, but he is also the author of comic strips like 'Terr'ble Thompson'. Deitch began his career at the UPA studios in 1946, where he worked on projects like 'Gerald McBoing Boing'. He later became creative art director at the company's commercial department in New York. Between 1946 and 1951 Deitch was an illustrator for the jazz magazine The Record Changer, for which he created 'The Cat on a Hot Thin Groove'.
It was in October 1955 when Deitch began his newspaper strip 'Terr'ble Thompson', about a boy who travels to the past to assist famous historical persons. Deitch drew the strip until April 1956, when he got a job with the Terrytoons animation studios. He was in charge of television shows like 'Captain Kangaroo' and 'Terrific Tom', the latter based on his earlier newspaper strip.
Gene Deitch left Terrytoons in the early 1960s and moved to Czechoslovakia, where he joined Rembrandt Films and made an Oscar winning short called 'Munro', based on Jules Feiffer's story. He also made twelve 'Tom and Jerry' cartoons, 20 animated episodes of E.C. Segar's 'Popeye' and also 49 animated episodes of George Herriman's 'Krazy Kat'. His series 'Nudnik' and 'Self-Help' didn't run successfully. In the 1990s, he was involved in the realistation of 54 short films with 'Miffy', the children's book character of Dutch author Dick Bruna. In 2002, he worked on animation films based on another Dutch comic, Jan Kruis's 'Jan, Jans en de Kinderen'. Deitch currently lives in Prague, with his wife Zdenka. He is the father of underground comic artist Kim Deitch.