W. Chase Craig (1910-2002) illustrated,
wrote and produced comic books from the mid 1930's until his retirement from
Western Printing and Lithography in 1975. Craig wrote and drew the first issues of Bugs
Bunny, Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies for Western Printing and Lithography.
Western's Los Angeles office issued comics based on Walt Disney Studios, Walter
Lantz, MGM, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Hanna-Barbera characters, and popular TV shows of the
1950s and 1960s.
W. Chase Craig (1910-2002) illustrated, wrote, and produced comic books from the mid
1930s until his retirement from Western Printing and Lithography in 1975. He graduated
from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1934, and soon started working for the Christian Science Monitor, where he drew the Little Chauncey
cartoon. The following year he moved to Hollywood, CA where he started as assistant
animator on Oswald Rabbit for Walter Lantz. In the mid to late 1930s, Craig worked for
Tex Avery, then moved to the Los Angeles Daily News to help
on the Charlie McCarthy newspaper strip. He developed and sold the syndicated strip, Odd
Bodkins, joining Western Publishing soon after. In 1942, Craig enlisted in the US Navy.
During the war he worked at the Navy's "Vine Street Press" drawing
illustrations for aviator training manuals. In 1950, he became an editor at Western
Printing and Lithography, rising to Managing Editor and Executive Editor.
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