'Radiomania' (The Delaware County Daily Times, 15 May 1931).

Charles Okerbloom was an American cartoonist, painter and art instructor. He was the fourth artist to draw the 'Radiomania' feature for the Newspaper Enterprise Association during most of 1931.

Early life
He was born in 1908 as Charles Irving Okerbloom, Jr. in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His father was either of Swedish or Swiss descent, and worked as an accountant. The family later moved to Columbus, Ohio. Chuck Okerbloom, as he was also referred to, was in the art staff of his school newspaper at North High School. He later attended the Ohio State University, where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was encouraged by fellow fraternity member Milton Caniff to further pursue his artistic talents, and became a prominent artist and eventually art editor of the campus humor magazine The Sun Dial.

Radiomania
During the early 1930s Okerbloom was a cartoonist for the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA). The only feature Okerbloom is known to have contributed to is the 'Radiomania' panel. It was offered by the NEA for newspapers to print on their radio pages, and presented a daily radio-related joke in either single-panel or sequential format, without recurring characters. The original artist in 1927 was Joe King, who had been succeeded by Art Krenz and Dorothy Urfer until Okerbloom took over. According to the experts at the Stripper's Guide blog, Okerbloom's first stint seems to have been in September-October 1930, and he returned to the feature between January until October of the following year. In between and after his tenure came George Scarbo, who drew 'Radiomania' until the end in February 1932.

Later life
Since then, Okerbloom apparently turned to painting and teaching. He was a fine arts instructor at the state university while living in Iowa City. During World War II he served in the Army Air Corps between December 1942 and December 1945. Back in civilian life, he resumed his teaching work. Okerbloom was an associate professor at both the Ohio University and the University of Tulsa. In 1953 he joined the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas, where he was promoted to full professor in 1963. Charles Okerbloom retired in 1969, and passed away in Springdale, Arkansas, in 1999.


'Radiomania' (The Pomona Porgress Bulletin, 28 March 1931).

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