Baby Huey by Marty Taras
Baby Huey and Papa #4 (1962)

Martin B. Taras, better known as Marty Tarras, was an American cartoonist and animator. He has mainly worked for Paramount's animation division Famous Studios in New York; starting at Fleischer in the late 1930s and then working that studio's successor during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He worked on shorts starring 'Little Lulu' and 'Popeye' and is generally credited with the creation of 'Baby Huey'. Taras drew and helped animate virtually all of Huey's adventures, both on screen and in print. Huey's first appearance was in the short 'Quack a Doodle Doo' on 3 March 1950. He got his own comic book at Harvey Comics in 1962, after having appeared as a back-up feature in Little Audrey.

Taras also drew for Harvey's 'Casper, the Friendly Ghost', 'Herman and Katnip', 'Buzzy, the Funny Crow', 'Rags Rabbit', 'Spooky, the Tuff Little Ghost', 'Frosty and Gabbie' and 'Wendy the Good Little Witch' throughout the 1960s. 'Wendy' started life as the companion of 'Casper, the Friendly Ghost' in May, 1954. For Ziff Davis, he drew for the 'Sparkie' comic book, which was based on the famous 1950s TV show.

Taras' other animation credits include work for companies like Krantz Productions (the 1960's 'Spider-Man' series), Hanna-Barbera ('Josie & the Pussycats'), Ralph Bakshi Productions ('Lord of the Rings', 'Fritz the Cat') and Terrytoons (director on 'Heckle & Jeckle'). Martin Taras died in 1994.

Frosty and Gabbie, by Martin B. Taras

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