The Saga of Windwagon Smit by Tony Strobl
Clara Cluck Storytime - The Saga of Windwagon Smith (Dell Giant #49, 1961)

Tony Strobl is probably the artist who has drawn the most Disney comic pages over the years. He started his career at Disney in 1938, where he worked on animated pictures like ‘Pinocchio’ (1940), ‘Fantasia’ (1940) and ‘Dumbo’ (1941), before joining the army during World War II. After the War, Strobl decided to leave the animation field and focus on comics. He started out at Western Publishing in 1947. His first Disney story appeared in in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #100 and starred 'Bucky Bug', a character created by Al Taliaferro and Earl Duvall.

Moby Duck, by Tony Strobl
Moby Duck - On Disappearing Island (Moby Duck #3, 1968)

Throughout the 1950s, Strobl was one of the main artists on stories in the "Duck universe", alongside Phil De Lara, Dick Moores and of course Carl Barks. Mainly working in cooperation with inkers John Liggera and Steve Steere, Strobl has drawn a great many stories starring Donald and his nephews, as well as short-lived characters like 'Moby Duck', which he created with Vic Lockman.

The Jetsons by Tony StroblThe Jetsons by Tony Strobl

In addition to Disney comics, Strobl also drew stories for Western starring other cartoon characters, including the Looney Tunes stars 'Bugs Bunny', 'Daffy Duck', 'Porky Pig' and 'Sniffles' and Walter Lantz' 'Woody Woodpecker'. He was the main artist on Hanna-Barbera's 'The Jetsons' between 1963 and 1968.

Mary Jane & Sniffles by Tony Strobl
Mary Jane & Sniffles (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics #154, 1954)

In the mid-1960s, Strobl was assigned by Disney to draw comics starring 'Donald Duck' and 'The Junior Woodchucks' on a freelance base for publications outside the USA. In the story 'The Fantastic Flying Goat' (August 1964), written by Carl Fallberg, Uncle Scrooge goes to a country named 'Faroffistan'. This name has become a running gag in the Dutch-language Disney comics under its literal translation, 'Verweggistan". It is still frequently namedropped in Dutch Donald Duck comics, usually adding the real-life Timbuktu as another "far-away destination". Strobl worked for Disney until 1986-87, creating a daily 'Donald Duck' strip, as well as a Sunday page.

Junior Woodchucks by Tony Strobl
The Junior Woodchucks - Right is Might (1966)

In the 1980s he was furthermore a storyman on the animation series 'Duck Tales' (1987-1990), and an artist for merchandise and children's books. Strobl's work on the 'Ducks' is easily recognizable because of his simple, clear style.

Donald Duck, by Tony Strobl
Donald Duck - The Crewless Cruise (Donald Duck #56, 1957)

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