George Benjamin Luks was an American painter and cartoonist. Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, he studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, but also at the Düsseldorf Academy in Germany and in salons of Paris and London. After being a war correspondent in Cuba for the Philadelphia Bulletin, he joined the New York World. There, he continued 'Hogan's Alley' ('The Yellow Kid') after R. F. Outcault's departure from the paper. As a painter, Luks was part of the Ashcan School and won many prizes for his canvases. He was also one of the organizers of the controversial 1913 Armory Show, a teacher at the Art Students League as well as a cartoonist for the weekly magagzine Truth. He died as a result of barroom brawl in 1933.