Blondie, by Chic Young

Encouraged by his painting mother, Murat Young studied art in Chicago, New York and Cleveland. He started his career in 1920, working for the Newspaper Enterprise Association. His first strip was called 'The Affairs of Jane'. In 1922 he created 'Beautiful Bab' for Bell Syndicate, another girl comic. He was employed by King Features Syndicate in 1924. In 1925, he signed the name 'Chic' Young for the first time, in the strip 'Dumb Dora'.

Blondie in 1932

Other strips Chic Young created are 'The Family Foursome' and 'Colonel Potterby and the Duchess', but his most famous is the internationally-known 'Blondie', which he drew from 1930 until his death in 1973. In 1948 he received the Reuben Award, the first of his many awards that came his way. Chic Young's style and themes have inspired many artists, comic strips, and even sitcoms. Chic's son Dean Young today makes the Blondie strip together with John Marshall.

Colonel Potterby, by Chic Young (1950)
'Colonel Potterby and the Duchess'. 

Panels from 'Blondie' inspired four pop art paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, namely 'Two Paintings: Dagwood' (1983), 'Reflections: Sunday Morning' (1989), 'Yoo-Hoo' (1989) and 'Reflections on the Scream' (1990).

Chic Young was an influence on Jorge Arnanz

Blondie, by Chic Young (1948)
'Blondie', 1948.
Blondie comic at the King Features website
(by Dean Young & John Marshall)

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