Above: Marty Links circa 1954 from her bio page at Lambiek.
This is the second blog post about Ms. Links. The first one is here.
Bobby Sox (later retitled Emmy Lou, after the bobby socks craze was moribund) was the creation of a female cartoonist, Marty Links, who passed away on June 1, 2008. The strip ran from 1944 to 1979.
"By the way, if you happen to be confused by the the given name of the cartoonist, you're not alone. So, apparently, was The National Cartoonists' Society, of which she was one of the first female members. Correspondence from the Society was addressed to 'Mr. Marty Links' even after she'd given birth to her first child. She offered to send them her bust size."
- from Don Markstein's Toonpedia
Here's a complete interview from CUNY TV's "Day at Night" series, dated May 8, 1974. She draws for us, as well as talks about her process of getting ideas. She also talks about "Sparky" Schulz, who she was close with.
Animator John Kricfalusi has posted a number of Bobby Sox single panel newspaper cartoons at his blog. Go and see!
Shaenon K. Garrity has a tribute to Bobby Sox's creator Marty Links here.
Hat tip to Journalista!
Photo of Marty Links at left from the Heritage Series site.