Virgil Franklin Partch
(October 17, 1916 – August 10, 1984), who generally signed his work Vip
was an American gag cartoonist. His work appeared in magazines of the 1940s and 1950s, and he created the newspaper comic strips Big George
and The Captain's Gig
. He published 19 books of illustrations and drew art for children's books
Bar Guide cover
Despite being a gagwriter for The New Yorker
, his own cartoons were rarely published there because, according to comics historian Bhob Stewart
, "New Yorker
editor Harold Ross
disliked VIP's drawing style."
Early life and career
Partch was drafted into the US Army in 1944, and by the end of his two-year stint had been transferred from the infantry to become art director and cartoonist of the Army's weekly newspaper, the Fort Ord Panorama.
Out of the Army, Partch freelanced
for ERA Productions
. He published a number of books of single-panel cartoons, some previously published, others done specifically for the books. His 1950 bestseller, Bottle Fatigue,
focused on alcohol-themed humor, sold nearly 95,000 hardcover copies by the decade's end.
Virgil Partch's The Captain's Gig (September 25, 1977)
Later in his career, Partch drew the successful syndicated comic strip Big George
and created the strip, The Captain's Gig
(about a motley bunch of mariners and castaways), syndicated by Field Enterprises
. He also illustrated several children's books including The Dog Who Snored Symphonies
and The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snatcher
From 1956, Partch lived in a house on the cliffs above Corona del Mar, Newport Beach
. He often joined the cartoonists who regularly met at midday in the bar at the White House restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway
in Laguna Beach
: Phil and Frank Interlandi, Ed Nofziger, John Dempsey, Don Tobin, Roger Armstrong, Dick Shaw, and Dick Oldden. The gathering began after Phil Interlandi moved to Laguna Beach in 1952. "That was the first bar I walked into in Laguna," Interlandi explained in 1982, "and it became a habit."
Later life and death
- ^ a b Virgil Franklin Partch at the California Death Index via FamilySearch.org. Retrieved on August 27, 2015.
- ^ a b Stewart, Bhob (August 1985). "R.I.P. VIP". Nemo (14). Fantagraphics. p. 39.
- ^ a b VIP: Virgil Partch at the Lambiek Comiclopedia, Retrieved on August 27, 2015. Archived from the original on August 14, 2015.
- ^ a b "Guide to the Virgil Partch Cartoons and Artwork". Irvine, California: Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries. Archived from the original on January 14, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
- ^ Big George at Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015.
- ^ Armstrong, Carla Interlandi. "A Brief History of Phil Interlandi," ASIFA, March 26. 2009.
- ^ Williams, Jonathan (2002). "Harry Partch (1901-1974)". A Palpable Elysium: Portraits of Genius and Solitude. David R. Godine. p. 38. ISBN 9781567921496. It's fitting that his cousin VIP (Virgil Partch) was a fine zany cartoonist of his time.
- Moore, Scott. "Life Inside a Comic Strip," Los Angeles Times (December 26, 1974), p. E1
- Obituary, Los Angeles Times, (August 12, 1984), Metro Section, p. B1.
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