Mary and Her Little Lamb, by William Marriner
Mary and Her Little Lamb

William F. Marriner was born in Kentucky in March 1873. Marriner's first work appeared in the magazine Puck in the late 1890s. It stood out for its particularly loose and lush drawing style. Eventually, he specialized in kid cartoons. From 1900 until 1906, he worked for the Philadelphia Enquirer and the New York World. He was assosciated with the McClure Syndicate in 1901 and from 1905 to 1914. His first comic was 'The Centaurs' in 1898, followed by 'Foolish Ferdinand', 'Mary and Her Little Lamb' and 'Sambo and His Funny Noises'. From 1905 until 1908, his popular 'Wags, the Dog that Adopted a Man' appeared, about a pet hater who tries to get rid of a pup that has fixated on him.

William Gladrags, by William Marriner
William Gladrags

Marriner's personal life was not as idyllic as the world he depicted in his cartoons: he drank a lot, and during these spells, his wife would take his son and move away until he became sober. During one of these drinking sprees, he was said to have sworn to a neighbor to burn the house and the entire village if she did not return. That same night, Marriner died in a fire that consumed his home.

Sambo and his Funny Noises, by William Marriner 1907
Sambo and his Funny Noises

William Marriner at the Stripper's Guide

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