McBride, Clifford

Popular 1930’s-50s cartoonist noted for “Napoleon and Uncle Elby” strip

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(1901-1951) American cartoonist best known for his comic strip “Napoleon and Uncle Elby.” Born in Minneapolis, his 1st professional cartoon was published in 1917 in The Los Angeles Times. On graduation from Occidental College, he began his career in 1923 as a staff artist for The Los Angeles Times. In 1924, he illustrated humorous fiction for the Chicago Tribune. After drawing such features as “Insect Life”, “McBride's Cartoon” (1927) and “Clifford McBride's Pantomime Comic” (1932), he created Elby, a character based on his uncle, Henry Elba Eastman. He soon added situations involving Elby's dog, Napoleon. Drawing for a minor syndicate, McBride began “Napoleon” as a daily strip on June 6, 1932, reaching a wider audience once he connected with the McNaught Syndicate. A Sunday strip was added in 1933, and in 1934, the title was changed to “Napoleon and Uncle Elby.” McBride's cartoons appeared in such magazines as Life and Cosmopolitan, and he profited from hardcover reprints, comic books and the licensing of his character as a “spokesdog” during the 40s for Red Heart Dog Food; merchandising included a stuffed toy of Napoleon. “Napoleon and Uncle Elby “was a 1945 hardcover collection of 116 of McBride's strips. After his 1951 death his 2nd wife wrote the strip, with Roger Armstrong (1917–2007) as illustrator. In 1952, they switched to the Mirror Enterprises Syndicate in Los Angeles, keeping the strip going for the next 8 years. TLS on 10 x 8 personal Altadena, California letterhead with large printed image of “Napoleon”, September 3 1940, sends his autograph and thanks a fan for a letter, “…always nice to hear from a fan of ‘Napoleon’s.’”

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