Camera-ready comic art drawing for Freddy

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Freddy comic strip shows Freddy hearing that being polite will solve all his problems with the bully named Dutch, but his polite attempts only bring more trouble. The drawing includes the date "7-6" and is presumed to date from about 1966.
Robert G. "Rupe" Baldwin (1914-1977) was trained as a painter, but took early jobs in advertising and cartooning. In the 1950s, after working in comic books for a short time, he moved to the Far East while working for the Central Intelligence Agency. During this period he developed Freddy, signing the strip with his pseudonym Rupe, and in 1955 sold it to some one hundred newspapers.
Freddy (1955-1980) was described as a young boy, who with his friends, was modeled after Baldwin's own children. Baldwin's wife, Helen, assisted with the strip writing. In early 1969 Baldwin began drawing the children more realistically and as older individuals, but negative public reaction inspired a return to his earlier portrayals.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
Object Type
Drawings
date made
ca 1966
graphic artist
Baldwin, Robert G.
publisher
Washington Star, The
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 14.8 cm x 58.7 cm; 5 13/16 in x 23 1/8 in
ID Number
GA*22383
catalog number
22383
accession number
277502
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
Communications
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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