'Major Sunshine and Colonel Grouch' (The Pittsburgh Press, 18 August 1911).

A.C. Hutchison was an early 20th century North Carolina newspaper cartoonist and animator, known for comic strips such as 'Major Sunshine and Colonel Grouch' (1911), 'Mrs. Economy' (1911-1912), and 'Luke Whoozis' (1923).

Early life and career
Andrew Cleveland Hutchison Jr. (his last name is often misspelled as "Hutchinson") was born in 1885 in Charlotte, North Carolina. His father was an important player in the local manufacturing business. Andrew Jr. on the other hand showed an early talent for drawing. His ambitions were supported by his art teacher at Elizabeth College. The Charlotte Observer already reported on the boy's talent when he was thirteen years old in 1898. By 1906 he studied at the University of North Carolina, where he began signing his cartoons for the school's yearbook with "Hutch". In the following year the young wonderboy became staff artist with the Charlotte News, making cartoons based on the news of the day. The paper also sold his work to other newspapers around the state, like the Hickory Democrate.

New York City
His career opportunities expanded when he headed for New York City around 1910. His work appeared regularly in Joseph Pulitzer's The New York World. The paper's syndicate distributed his weekday comic strips 'Major Sunshine and Colonel Grouch' (July-August 1911) and 'Mrs. Economy' (31 October 1911 - 9 January 1912) to other newspapers as well. The latter starred a strongwilled woman who tries to involve her less strongwilled husband in her savings plans. When push comes to shove, she is not that consistent herself either, though... Hutchison's cartoons furthermore appeared in leading humor magazines like Life, Judge and Satire, while he made a series of political cartoons for The Yonkers Daily News. He allegedly also did work for the  newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst.


'Mrs. Economy' (Des Moines Tribune, 29 December 1911).

Animation career
Hutchison found employment in the upcoming animation industry during the later 1910s and 1920s, working through companies like the Keene Cartoon Corporation and the Lee-Bradford Corporation. For the latter, he participated in the production of the 'Red Head Comedies' (1923), the first cartoon series in color. During the 1930s he worked on several shorts through the Ted Eshbaugh Studios, including 'Goofy Goat' (1931), 'The Snowman' (1933) and 'The Wizard of Oz' (1933), although the latter was not released due to legal difficulties. The Internet Movie Database also lists him as an uncredited animator on two early 'Mickey Mouse' cartoons by The Walt Disney Studios: 'The Beach Party' (1931) and 'The Duck Hunt' (1932).

Later career
He briefly returned to comics with the daily strip 'Luke Whoozis', yet another comics hero stuck in a less affectionate marriage... It was syndicated through the International Syndicate between 7 August and 24 October 1923 to newspapers like the New Rochelle Standard-Star. Later in life he worked in the advertising industry, and passed away in 1957 at age 72.

Name confusion
Andrew Hutchison should not be confused with another artist who signed his cartoons with "Hutch" around the same time. This other signature belonged to Frank Hutchinson, who did some comic strips for the World Color Printing and the Chicago Tribune in the period 1904-1906. The experts in American newspaper comics at the Stripper's Guide blog managed to distinguish the separate career paths of these two artists in April-May 2019.


'Luke Whoozis' (23 August 1923).

Ink Slinger profile on the Stripper's Guide

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