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Bushmiller, Ernest Paul

Born: 1905 AD
Died: 1982 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Cartoonists

1905 – Born on August 23rd in Bronx, New York. American cartoonist.

1919 – Ernie Bushmiller left high school at 14 years old to work as a copy boy for the New York World newspaper.

1925 – Ernie Bushmiller was given the job of drawing the shapely comic strip flapper Fritzi Ritz when its originator moved onto another comic strip.

         – The ambitious teenager studied art after his workdays at the National Academy of Design, so when Larry Whittington decided to leave his three-year-old comic creation Fritzi Ritz, Ernie was recruited to take over.

1933 – Ernie added Fritzi’s small but boisterous niece Nancy to the Fritzi Ritz strip.

1938 – Creator of the famous American comic strip "Nancy".

         – Ernie changed the name of the strip to Nancy, and added Sluggo Smith to the cast of characters.

1960 – Ernie held the record as youngest cartoonist with a nationally syndicated cartoon.

1963 – The "Nancy and Sluggo" comic book series ended.

1976 – The National Cartoonists Society honoured Ernie with the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year.

1982 – Died of heart attack on August 15th.

1995 – Nancy hit the big time. "Nancy and Sluggo" were promoted as part of a United States Postal Service special series of postage stamps celebrating the comics.