John Terry is the creator of 'Scorchy Smith'. This aviation comic, of which the main character was modeled after Charles Lindbergh, started in 1930. Terry himself was a former animator and editorial cartoonist, and also the brother of Paul Terry, a famous animator. In 1933, John Terry became stricken with tuberculosis, so a young staff artist, Noel Sickles, was called upon to ghost the strip. After Terry's death the following year, Sickles was allowed to sign his own name, starting in December 1935.