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Remembering Addison Morton “Mort” Walker / September 3, 1923 – January 27, 2018

Addison Morton “MortWalker

September 3, 1923 – January 27, 2018

Still reeling from the Sad News  about the cartooning world losing a legend! Addison Morton “MortWalker,  a World War II veteran who satirized the Army with antics of the lazy private “Beetle Bailey,” died Saturday, January 27 last year. He was 94.

Walker died at his home in Stamford, Conn., Walker began publishing cartoons at age 11 and was involved with more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including “Gamin and Patches,” “Hi and Lois,” “Boner’s Ark” and “Sam & Silo.” But he found his greatest success drawing the private “Beetle Bailey”, along with the other denizens at the fictional Camp Swampy for nearly 70 years. The character that was to become Beetle Bailey made his debut as Spider in Walker’s cartoons published by the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. Walker changed Spider’s name and launched “Beetle Bailey” as a college humor strip in 1950.

I had the honor of knowing Mort for many years, and he was a huge supporter of the scribbles from my humble drawing board. Mort created many of the strips that I always turn to first on the printed pages. I will miss speaking with him, he was such a warm and great individual. Simply at a loss. There will never be another cartoonist that will compare to the awesomeness that was Addison Morton “MortWalker.

Ha! I will always smile when I think of my friend. Here is some coolness that Mort personally gave me. It has been hanging proudly in my humble studio since I received it. A great memory that I will always remember is that I would make old school hand drawn birthday cards for Mort. The second image is the inside image from the last card I sent him. Mort as “Sarge” alongside PINHEAD as “Beetle.”

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Michael Pohrer by Howard Simpson Michael Pohrer; St. Louis, Missouri Animator / Cartoonist / Illustrator. Spilling ink on drawing boards since 1979. Delivering daily funnies to the masses since 1988 through the printed pages. Creator of the internationally syndicated cartoon strips FIDDLESTIX©, and Welcome To The Jungle©. Michael Pohrer  Currently a member of CAPS, Comic Art Professional Society, SCCS Southern California Cartoonists Society – San Diego Chapter of The National Cartoonists Society, I.C.C. International Cartoonist Conspiracyand The St. Louis Gateway Arts.

The various animation / digital graphics / illustrations / and cartoons produced at PC Studios can be seen throughout various media sources internationally. The Global Free Press (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), Newsblaze Publications (U.S.A.), Newropeans Magazine (Paris, France). The material created has been broadcast on NBC, MeTV Broadcast Network, featured through Google News and appears in “Best Editorial Compilations”, Comic books (U.K., Britian), Anthologies, newspapers, magazines, as well as exhibitions through Galleries, and Museums.

 Thanks to all the editors and publishers that have featured and continue to feature my work throughout the years. For more information on Michael Pohrer you can email him at fantasticgraphics at gmail dot com.
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