Dick's Adventures, by Neil O'Keeffe (1948)

Cartoonist and illustrator Neil O'Keeffe started out at the art department of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1913. A year later, he moved on to the Chicago Tribune, and in 1917 he became a staff artist at the Western Advertising Agency in Racine, Wisconsin. He was a writer for the Daily News in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1918, and in the following years, he attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York City.

His real cartooning career started in 1921, when he drew for Metropolitan Movies, as well as several pulp magazines, including Adventure Magazine, Argosy, Everybody's Magazine, and Romance Magazine. In New York City, his illustrations appeared in mainstream magazines, such as Collier's Magazine, The New Yorker, The American Legion Monthly, and Woman's Home Companion.

Captain from Castil by Neil O'Keeffe
Captain from Castil (novel by Samuel Shellabarger, Le Petit Journal, 14/4/1946)

King Features hired him to replace Lyman Anderson on 'Inspector Wade' in July 1938. When 'Wade' was cancelled in 1941, O'Keeffe became a King Features staff artist. He also art on the comic adaptations of novels that King Features provided to newspapers in cooperation with the Book-of-the-Month Club.

From 1947 to 1956, Neil O'Keeffe was the author of 'Dick's Adventures in Dreamland', a comic strip that was ordered by William Randolph Hearst himself. Hearst suggested at King Features that they should create a comic about American history and heroes. King Features assigned writer Max Trell and artist O'Keeffe to the job, who let their main character "dream" his way through history. Neil O'Keeffe additionally worked extensively as an advertising artist and book illustrator. He retired in 1959, and spent his final years in Houston, Texas.

Dick's Adventures, by Neil O'Keeffe (1948)

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