If the informal credo of the Air Pirates group was to emulate the early newspaper comic strips, then Bobby London was an ideal member. He was inspired by several masters of the medium, like E.C. Segar, Cliff Sterrett, Bud Fisher, Billy DeBeck and George Herriman. Herriman leaps to mind when viewing London's 'Dirty Duck' pages of the early 1970s, but only for style, not for content. Besides 'Dirty Duck', he also contributed to 'Air Pirates' # 1 and 2, 'The Tortoise and the Hare', 'Left Field Funnies', 'Manhunt' # 1, 'San Francisco Comic Book' # 4 and his autobiographic 'Merton of the Movement'.

Dirty Duck, by Bobby London

London's historic cartoon art interest, sharp sense of humor and skillful drawing led him to being tapped by King Features Syndicate to write and draw the 'Popeye' daily newspaper strip from April 1986 to August 1992. Now a freelancer, his assignments include, ironically, "drawing the buttoneyed mouse for Disney." Bobby London's latest work includes an off-and on strip called 'Cody', about a pre school boy and his W.C. Fields-like grandfather. It appears in Nickelodeon Magazine.

Dirty Duck, by Bobby London

Bobby London's Dirty Duck
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Last updated: 2012-06-15

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