Hank and Honey by Seeg
Louise et Louis, French-Canadian edition of Hank and Honey (1950)

Bernard Segal was an American modernist painter and cartoonist, who also worked under the pen name Seeg. He was the author of the comic strip 'Honey and Hank' (1946-1958), which is also known under the title 'Elsworth'.

He was born in 1907 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Cincinnati University and the Cincinnati Art Academy. In the 1920s and 1930s he lived in New York City, where he attended The Art Students League and worked in a number of artistic styles. During World War II, he worked as a cartoonist for a government newspaper paper called 10-Shun, which was published in Greensboro, North Carolina. He assumed the pen name Seeg and created the newspaper comic strip 'Honey and Hank'. It was syndicated as a daily and Sunday strip by the New York Herald Tribune from 9 September 1946 until 12 October 1958. The gag-a-day family strip was retitled to 'Elsworth' in 1949, making the kid the title character. Some papers continued to run the strip as 'Hank and Honey' however. It was published in Quebec under the title 'Louise et Louis'.

Segal also illustrated a number of books which were published by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, as well as Bible stories. The artist moved to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in the 1950s, and became a member of the New Hope Modernist movement. He worked with esteemed artists like furniture designer George Nakashima, novelist Louis Stone and modernist painter Charles Frederic Ramsey. Segal made his most notable work in the 1960s. By then, he produced paintings and collages in an abstract expressionist style, with subjects varying from pure abstractions and cubist figurative works to people in everyday situations and landscapes. He was also known to create abstract mixed media collages from strips of paper and magazine clippings. Bernard Segal taught art at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. He passed away in 1986.

Hank and Honey by Seeg

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