Camera-ready comic art drawing for Buz Sawyer

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Buz Sawyer comic strip shows U.S. Air Force jets flying close to Tam’s plane, as Buz tries to signal that he and Tam are not the enemy.
Royston Campbell "Roy" Crane (1901-1977) studied art in Chicago. He started a short-lived strip called Wash Tubbs in 1924, and Captain Easy in 1929, as an outlet for ideas from his own travels through Central America. Later, in 1943, Crane launched Buz Sawyer which, unlike Captain Easy, allowed him ownership of all the rights to his strip. Crane drew the strip with the help of assistants until the 1960s, when he retired because of health issues.
Buz Sawyer (1943-1989) told the story of World War II U.S. Navy fighter pilot John Singer “Buz” Sawyer. With the real-life end of the war, Buz's life changed with his marriage and the birth of his son. By the early 1950s Buz is shown as returning to the U.S. Navy and later fighting in the Vietnam War. The strip was continued into the late 1980s but the Sunday version of the strip was discontinued in 1974.
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Crane, Roy
King Features Syndicate
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall color)
overall: 14.2 cm x 43.5 cm; 5 9/16 in x 17 1/8 in
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Family & Social Life
Cultures & Communities
Popular Entertainment
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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