Li'l Bad Wolf by George Waiss
Li'l Bad Wolf (Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 73, 1946)

George Waiss was an American Disney comics artist and animator. He worked for the major animation studios during the Golden Age of Animation. As a comics artist he is best remembered for the Disney comics he made at Dell Publishing and for the Walt Disney Studios' story production for foreign licensees.

George C. Waiss was born in 1907 in Chicago, Illinois as the son of a medical doctor. When Waiss was two years old his father died of a burst appendix. Waiss' mother later remarried and moved to Colorado with her family. He started his career as a boxer but eventually became a newspaper cartoonist for The Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post. Despite having no formal education he managed to keep this job until the 1930s. In 1936 he became an inbetweener for Walter Lantz on 'Andy Panda' and 'Woody Woodpecker' shorts. After two years he joined the Walt Disney company, where he animated mostly on the feature 'Fantasia' (1940). In 1940 Waiss worked at Warner Brothers' animation studio, where he contributed to the animated shorts 'Tom Thumb in Trouble' (1940) by Chuck Jones and Tex Avery's 'Wacky Wild Life' (1940). Waiss left for yet another famous cartoon studio when he joined Max and Dave Fleischer to animate on their feature film 'Mr. Bug Goes to Town' (1941), which unfortunately became a huge flop.

In 1942 Waiss returned to the Walt Disney Company and became inker and letterer for Al Taliaferro's 'Donald Duck' newspaper comic, both the daily strip and the Sunday page. By 1946 he created a couple of Disney comics for Dell Publishing with characters like 'Li'l Bad Wolf' and 'Bucky Bug'. Waiss also inked the 28 page story 'Mickey Mouse and the House of Many Mysteries' for Dick Moores. During the same period he also created comics based on Looney Tunes characters like 'Porky Pig' and 'Mary Jane and Sniffles', as well as 'Oswald' for the Walter Lantz title 'New Funnies'. Between 1976 and 1979 he wrote scripts for the production of foreign market comics starring 'Uncle Scrooge', 'Donald Duck' and 'The Junior Woodchucks' for the Disney Studios, which were mostly drawn by Tony Strobl or the Jaime Diaz Studio.

Oswald by George Waiss
Oswald (New Funnies #71, 1943)

In 1958 Waiss created the special effects for the short film 'My Milkman Joe' for Rainbow Pictures. The next decade he became a designer for Martin Marietta, designing silos for Titan rockets. As a freelance designer and animator he worked on various educational films about medical topics. In 1966 he moved to Brighton, Colorado. Two years later he resumed his animation career and worked on 'The Night Before Christmas' (1968) for Playhouse Pictures and 'Shinbone Alley' (1970) for Fine Arts Films.

In 1969 Waiss worked for Filmation on various forgettable animated TV series, such as 'Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down', 'Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies' and 'Star Trek the Animated Series'. Among his more prestigious endeavours was the animation of 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids'. Between 1976 and 1979 he wrote ten comics starring Paperi ('Donald Duck') and 'Archimede Pitagorico' (Gyro Gearloose') for Disney's foreign production.

George Waiss passed away from pneumonia at age 83 on 17 July 1990 in Thornton, Colorado.

Bucky Bug by George Waiss
Bucky Bug (W WDC75-02)

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