Tillie the Toiler (Le Samedi-Dimanche, Quebec, 1/3/1958)
Robert Gustafson attended the Boston School of Fine Arts, and did his first work for the Bostonian Magazine in the early 1940s. Later on, in the 1950s, he did gag cartoons for Ladies' Home Journal, Ridgefield Press, Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers and Judge, and assisted on Russ Westover's 'Tillie the Toiler' strip at the King Features Syndicate.
In the 1960s he assisted as a writer on 'Joe Palooka' for the McNaught Syndicate, before joining Mort Walker's staff. From 1963 until the mid 1970s, he assisted on Walker's comics 'Beetle Bailey', 'Boner's Ark' and 'Hi and Lois'. Gustavson was mainly involved in the 'Beetle Bailey' comic books published by Dell Publishing/Western (early 1960s), King Comics (mid 1960s) and Charlton Comics (early 1970s). His other Dell comic book work includes 'Freddy', 'Mr. Magoo' and 'Ponytail'.