Arthur Lewis was an early 20th century American comics artist about whom not much is known. He is best remembered for continuing James Montgomery Flagg's comic strip 'Nervy Nat' in Judge magazine.

Arthur Allen Lewis was born on 7 April 1873 in Mobile, Alabama. He was the son of a machinist who later moved to Syracuse, New York. Lewis studied art at the Buffalo Art Students League and later at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris. His etchings were exhibited in 1903 during an art show in Brooklyn. In 1907 Lewis took over James Montgomery Flagg's comic strip 'Nervy Nat' in Judge, because Flagg joined another publication: Life. By 1909 both took turns illustrating this text comic, when it ran as a syndicated Sunday newspaper comic. Between 12 March and 16 July 1911 Lewis also had a Sunday comic named 'The Rag Tags and Bob Tail' in the New York Herald.

In 1915 Lewis illustrated 'Journeys to Bagdad' (1915) by Charles Stephen Brook. His title page lettering would later be used by Rea Irvin when he developed an alphabet for The New Yorker's first issue in 1925. In 1917 the United States entered the First World War and Lewis was drafted. Back in civilian life he became an instructor at the Art Students League in New York between 1924 and 1932. He fulfilled the same function at the New School for Social Research afterwards.

He passed away in 1957 in Basking Ridge, New York.

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