The Grounded Gremlin by Eric Ericson

Eric Ericson was an American magazine and newspaper cartoonist, and a longtime staff artist of King Features Syndicate.

Born in East Orange, New Jersey in 1914, Eric O.V. Ericson got his education at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students League in New York City. His career as an artist began at the age of twenty-one, when he won a cartooning contest. Ericson most notably published cartoons in many leading magazines in the USA, starting with Collier's and then moving on to The New Yorker (22 drawings between 1945 and 1958), The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Look, American and True magazines. From April 1943 onwards he had his own weekly cartoon feature in Liberty magazine called 'The Grounded Gremlin'. The mythological gremlin creatures had gained popularity during World War II, when British fighter pilots began blaming them for the technical defects on their aircrafts during flights. Ericson's gremlin was however earthbound, where he played his merry pranks on innocent civilians.

Ericson had a twenty-year association with the King Features Syndicate, for which he wrote "comic-strip situations", according to his obituary. Between 5 May and 1 September 1946 he had his own daily and Sunday newspaper comic strip called 'Herkimer Fuddle', which was based on the writings of Sigmund Freud. He was also a writer for radio and television.

Eric Ericson was passed away at the age of 45 in his home in Manhattan, New York City, in 1959.

The Grounded Gremlin by Eric Ericson

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