The Captain and the Kids (1964)
John Dirks is the son of comics pioneer Rudolph Dirks, creator of 'The Katzenjammer Kids'. He studied English and Fine Arts at the Yale University of New York, where he got his degree in 1939. He published his illustrations in Collier's and the Saturday Evening Post during this period. He was a Captain in the US Army during World War II and became a book illustrator after returning to civil life.
He assisted his father on the 'The Captain and the Kids' comic (better known as the 'Katzenjammer Kids) from 1955 until 1978. He then completely took over the series and continued it until 1979. John Dirks wais also a noted sculptor in mixed metal fountains. He passed away in Mystic, Connecticut, in January 2010.
The Captain and the Kids (5 September 1971)