Camera-ready comic art drawing for Mr. Abernathy

Description (Brief)
This pen-and-ink drawing produced for the Mr. Abernathy comic strip features Mr. Abernathy's secretary, Flossie, asking for the afternoon off. Mr. Abernathy denies her request but when she reveals she was hoping to shop for a new bathing suit, Abernathy quickly changes his mind and escorts her on her shopping trip.
Alexander Ralston “Bud” Jones Jr. (1927-2014) was an American comic artist made famous for the Mr. Abernathy newspaper strip. Jones and his partner, writer Frank Ridgeway, debuted the strip in 1957. During the time Ridgeway wrote for Mr. Abernathy he also wrote for both the Famous Studios and the Hanna-Barbera Studios. Jones resigned from the strip in the 1980s, while Ridgeway continued the strip as both the artist and writer until his death in 1994.
Mr. Abernathy (1957-1994) was a short, balding multimillionaire with a butler named Dudley and a sweet, but forgetful secretary named Flossie. Though Mr. Abernathy had a successful business and an enormous fortune, he was often seen engaging in careless behavior, such as chasing young women.
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date made
graphic artist
Jones, Ralston
King Features Syndicate
Ridgeway, Frank
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 36.6 cm x 53.6 cm; 14 7/16 in x 21 1/8 in
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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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