Alonzo by Ralph Yardley

Ralph Yardley was an early 20th century American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the newspaper comics 'Have You Seen Alonzo?' (1908-1909) and 'Do You Remember?' (1922-1952).

Ralph Yardley was born in 1878 in Stockton, California. He studied at Mark Hopkins Institute of Art and started his career at the San Francisco Examiner, where he drew spot cartoons for the weather forecasts, starring Jimmy Swinnerton's 'The Little Bears'. He drew the feature 'Adventures of Ping and Pong' for the San Francisco Bulletin in February and March of 1903, and served as a staff artist for the Honolulu Advertiser and the New York Globe. In New York, Yardley has furthermore produced cover artwork for magazines as Harper's, Leslie's and Woman's World.

He became head of the art department of the San Francisco Call, and created the mascott of the Saturday kids section, the dog Alonzo, in 1908. He drew a weekly feature called 'Have You Seen Alonzo?' from 10 October 1908 to 12 June 1909, after which Paul Terry took over. Later artists of the feature were John Terry, Mike Randall, Tam, Jim Navoni and Herbert Morton Stoops. During and after the Second World War he drew for the Stockton Record, where he had a weekly feature called 'Do You Remember?' from 1922 to 1952. He also had his cartoons widely syndicated. Ralph Yardley passed away in 1961.

Woman's WorldYoung's by Ralph Yardley

Ralph Yardley's Ink Slinger profile on the Stripper's Guide
Alonzo on the Stripper's Guide

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