Dotty Dripple (15 July 1944)

Jimmy McMenamy (also known as Jimmy Mack) was an American magazine illustrator and cartoonist from Missouri, known as the original artist of the family comic 'Dotty Dripple'.

He was born as James McNemany Jr. in 1912. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Art and the American Academy of Art. One of his fellow students was Nick Nichols, and illustrator James Allen St. John was one of his teachers. McMenamy was a commercial artist, as well as an illustrator/cartoonist for magazines like Colliers, The Saturday Evening Post, American, This Week, Cosmopolitan and Esquire. On 26 June 1944 Jim McMenamy and writer Jeff Keate launched a family comic strip named 'Dotty Dripple' for Publishers Syndicate. Four months later McMenamy and Keate quit the series, which was an obvious rip-off of Chic Young's 'Blondie'. It was continued from 16 October on by Buford Tune and would run for 40 years more, until 1974.

Dotty Dripple (27 June 1944)

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