Cartoon by Otto Soglow
Born in Yorkville, Manhattan
, Soglow grew up in New York City
, where he held various jobs as a teenager and made an unsuccessful effort to become an actor. His first job was painting designs on baby rattles. While studying with John Sloan
at the Art Students League of New York
, his first cartoon was printed in 1919. Throughout the 1920s, his drawings were seen in numerous magazines.
The Little King
Soglow cartoon from the book Wasn't the Depression Terrible? (1934)
His character The Little King first appeared in The New Yorker
in 1930. William Randolph Hearst
lured Soglow away for his King Features Syndicate
, but contractual obligations to The New Yorker
prevented The Little King from appearing immediately. Soglow then produced a knock-off strip called The Ambassador
from 1933 to 1934. After The Little King
debuted on September 9, 1934, it ran until Soglow's death in 1975. It is still available today through King Features' email service, DailyINK
National Cartoonists Society
In 1941, Soglow lived at 330 West 72nd Street in Manhattan. He was a co-founder of the National Cartoonists Society
and served as president for the 1953-54 term.
He died in New York City in 1975. Otto and Annie Soglow had one daughter, Tona.
He received the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award
in 1966, followed by their Elzie Segar Award in 1972.
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