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BURNE HOGARTH

(American, 1911-1996)
BURNE HOGARTH PORTRAIT

An illustrator, cartoonist, and educator, Burne Hogarth was the most well known artist to have drawn Tarzan aside from Hal Foster. Hogarth illustrated the Sunday adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs Jungle Lord, for the majority of the period from 1937 to 1950.


Born in Chicago, Hogarth began his professional career in 1926 as an assistant cartoonist with the Associated Editors Syndicate, for whom he drew a panel series titled Famous Churches of the World. By 1934, he was working in the King Features bullpen in New York City. The following year, the McNaught Syndicate assigned him to take over as an artist on the faltering pirate strip, Pieces of Eight. When Hal Foster left the Tarzan page to begin Prince Valiant, Hogarth was the one selected to replace him.

Next, he drew a Sunday page titled Drago, about a muscle-bound gaucho, for the New York Post Syndicate. It survived for less than a year, and Hogarth went back to Tarzan until 1950. During this latter period, Hogarth had considerable help from such students of his as Al Williamson and Gil Kane. In 1947 and 1948, Hogarth also attempted a humorous Sunday called Miracle Jones. The feature, with a hero modeled after Walter Mitty, did not succeed.

Hogarth was also active as an educator. He taught for the WPA Arts Project from 1933 to 1935. In 1944, he founded the Academy of Newspaper Art in Manhattan. The Academy offered courses in cartooning and illustration with an emphasis on their journalistic application. It operated until 1946. The following year, Hogarth co-founded the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, a more ambitious and diversified establishment that changed its name in 1956 to the School of Visual Arts. It was to become an accredited institute and the largest private art school in the world.

 

Hogarth wrote several books for Watson-Guptill, including Dynamic Anatomy (1958) and Dynamic Light and Shade (1981).

Burne Hogarth - Tarzan Comic
TARZAN Sunday Comic Strip #1011 (7/23/1950)

Burne Hogarth (American, 1911-1996)

Ink on Bristol illustration board w/ red key lines

Copyright 1950. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Distributed by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Burne Hogarth - TARZAN Vanished.JPG
"Vanished" TARZAN Sunday Comic Strip (4/20/1941)

Burne Hogarth (American, 1911-1996)

Ink on Bristol illustration board

Copyright 1941. Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Distributed by United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

BURNE HOGARTH ILLUSTRATION

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