Hippo and Hookie by John Pierotti
Hippo and Hookie

The son of parents from Italian-German descent, John Pierotti had a long career in newspaper cartooning. He claimed that he had his 50th anniversary as a cartoonist in 1977. Pierotti attended the Mechanics Art Institute, The Cooper Union and the Art Students League in New York in the early 1930s, and was doing sports cartoons for the Washington Post upon graduation in 1933. Later, he worked for the Max Fleischer studios, producing animated cartoons starring 'Popeye' and 'Betty Boop' and served as an assistant for Ernie Bushmiller. In 1938 he made the daily strip 'Hippo and Hookie' with writer Elliot Caplin for King Features, but it is unknown it is has ever run in a newspaper.

Baseball feature by John Pierotti
Suited for baseball action (part of a magazine feature from 1949)

By the early 1940s, he drew sports and political cartoons for two New York newspapers, while also making a short appearance in comic books with the story 'Mundoo of the Northwest' in Green Giant Comics. He subsequently became an editor and cartoonist at United Features Syndicate, where he produced the sports panel 'Pier-Oddities'. He self-syndicated a strip called 'Nutcracker U.' in 1950 and 1951.

Throughout his career, Pierotti has made cartoons for NEA Syndicate, Sporting News in St. Louis, General Foods, and magazines like the Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Esquire, The New Yorker and the Saturday Review of Literature. He spent the final years of his career doing artwork for the Atlantic City Press. Pierotti received the National Cartoonist Society Editorial Cartoon Award for 1975. He spent most of his life in the Brooklyn area, and passed away in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania.

Cartoon by John Pierotti

Ink Slinger Profile at the Stripper's Guide

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