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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1966
graphic artist
Baldwin, Robert G.
Washington Star, The
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 14.8 cm x 58.7 cm; 5 13/16 in x 23 1/8 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Cultures & Communities
Comic Art
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Comic Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Newspaper Comics Council, Inc., New York, NY

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