Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Video : "Some Time With Fred Lasswell"

Here's a video of Snuffy Smith comic artist Fred Laswell (1916-2001) talking and drawing. I think this is from 1989. We get to see him show us original strips, as well as draw some comics in a famous segment titled "Draw and Color With Uncle Fred." He may have been the first comic artist to use computer-generated lettering based on his own hand-lettering.

Lasswell was hired at the age of seventeen by Billy DeBeck to assist him on his popular "Barney Google" comic strip. In 1934, Barney visited his hillbilly cousin Snuffy Smith. The stories began to feature these rural relatives. When DeBeck died of cancer in 1942, Fred took over the strip, now retitled "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith."

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