Brer Rabbit, by Tom McKimson

Tom McKimson is best known for his animation work at Warner Bros, where he designed among other the definitive model sheets for 'Bugs Bunny'. Born in Denver, Colorado, he began his animation career at the Walt Disney Studios in 1928, together with his brother Robert. They then joined the Harman-Ising Studios, that produced cartoons for Warner Bros. In 1937, Tom and Robert were joined by their brother Charles in their animation work.

He was a funny animal artist at Dell Publishing from 1944 to 1949, where he did comics with the Warner Bros characters 'Bugs Bunny' and 'Roadrunner'. He also did the 'Bugs Bunny' newspaper strip in the late 1940s, as well as Disney comics for the Cheerios Premium Giveaways.

Roy Rogers, by Al McKimson (1950)
Roy Rogers strip, credited to Al McKimson (art by John Ushler)

He is often credited for creating the 'Roy Rogers' daily from 1949 to 1953 together with Chuck McKimson, using the collective pseudonym of Al McKimson. However, the joint signature presumably refers to Tom McKimson and Al Stoffel, who served as writers and editors of the strip. Artists that were involved include John Ushler, Pete AlvaradoMike Arens, Hy Mankin and Alex Toth. Writers that came after Stoffel were Phil Evans and Carl Fallberg.

Roy Rogers, by Al McKimson
Roy Rogers strip, credited to Al McKimson (art by Mike Arens)

Tom McKimson was the art director of Western Publishing from 1947 to 1972.

Tom and Charles McKimson
Tom and Charles McKimson

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