'Baseball's New Big Names' (The Standard Sentinel, 23 May 1939).

Art Krenz was an American sports cartoonist and writer, associated with the Newspaper Enterprise Association during the 1920s and 1930s. Besides sports-related cartoons and articles, Krenz worked on a couple of educational features for the syndicate, including 'The Book of Knowledge' (1928-1929), 'Baseball's Big New Names' (1939) and strips about the history of money, horse racing and baseball.

Early life and career
He was born in 1905 as Arthur Robert Krenz into a family of Russian-German descent. Originally from Connecticut, the family lived in Cleveland, Ohio, during the 1920s, where father Krenz ran a grocery store. By the mid 1920s Art Krenz moved to Miami, Florida. He became a staff cartoonist and illustrator for the Miami Herald, mainly covering sports events.


Sports cartoon for the Miami Herald, 30 August 1925.

Newspaper Enterprise Association
Somewhere in the second half of the 1920s Krenz joined the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), which syndicated cartoons, columns and comic strips to over 700 newspapers. Throughout his fourteen-year tenure with the syndicate, he was mainly active as a sports cartoonist. He also wrote articles about the subject, most notably a couple of series about the rules and backgrounds of golf.


'The Book of Knowledge' (The Knoxville News Sentinel, 30 May 1929).

Educational comic strips and cartoons
As part of the NEA Service staff, Krenz was also assigned to some of the company's in-house productions. Between 14 December 1928 and 17 April 1929 he illustrated the documentary-style comic strip 'The Book of Knowledge', succeeding the original artist P.V. Bessey. The feature was loosely adapted by Bill Braucher from the children's encyclopedia of the same name by the W.C. Stripling Co. In April-May 1929 Krenz briefly succeeded Joe King as cartoonist of the 'Radiomania' cartoon series, before he passed the pencil to Dorothy Urfer. Krenz's comics features of the 1930s were also educational and short-lived. He educated the readers about the development of coins and currency ('Money - From The Stone Age Till Now', 1-13 May 1933), the history and new talents of baseball ('Baseball's Big New Names' and 'One Hundred Years of Baseball', both from 1939) and the history of U.S. horse racing ('Tale Of The Turf', 19 April-9 May 1939). In the second half of the decade he made the inconsistently appearing quiz feature 'Do You Know?', which tested the reader's knowledge about sport subjects, as well as the sports-related educational feature 'In This Corner'.


'In This Corner' (The Warren Times Mirror, 29 May 1938).

Later years and death
Art Krenz left the NEA Service in 1940 and joined AP Features, for which he created another sports quiz feature, this time called 'Knickname Kwiz'. In 1949 and 1950 he produced six books for the series 'Stencil-Art' by the Stencil-Art Publishing Company: 'Stencil-Art: Book No. 1', 'Stencil-Art: Zoo', 'Stencil-Art: On the Farm', 'Stencil-Art: Holiday Book', 'Stencil-Art: Book of Patriotic Designs', and 'Stencil-Art: Symbols of Religion'. Arthur Krenz passed away in May 1961 in Orange, Florida.


'Do You Know?' (The Warren Times Mirror, 29 May 1938).

Ink Slinger profile on the Stripper's Guide

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