Gene Carr
(1881 – 1959, USA)
genecarrGene Carr was one of the early twentieth century American newspaper comic artists. He began his career at age 15, and worked for the New York Herald, New York World, New York Evening Journal and the Times in Philadelphia, as well as syndicates like King Features, McClure and Van Tine. Carr was a pioneer in the use of sequential panels, and his ‘Lady Bountiful’ comic of 1901 was one of the the first newspaper strips to feature a female leading character. Carr developed a great many comic and cartoon features for the New York World and its Press Publishing syndicate from 1902 until the early 1920s. Most of these ran for only a couple of months, other ran a bit longer, such as ‘Lady Bountiful’ (1901-03, 1915-18), ‘Phyllis’(1903-06), ‘Willie Wise’ (1904-05), ‘All the Comforts of Home’(1905, 1907-08), ‘The Prodigal Son’(1906-07), ‘Step-Brothers’(1907-14), ‘Handy Andy’(1910-11), ‘Mister Al Most’ (1911-12), ‘Major Stuff’ (1914-15), ‘Poor Mister W’(1917-20), ‘Chub’s Big Brother’ (1918-1919), ‘Little Darling’ (1920-21) and ‘Kitty Kildare’ (1921-22). By the mid 1920s he turned to the McClure Syndicate, created ‘The Baxter Beasleys’ (192?-28) and ‘Just Humans’ (1925-29), and did a restart of his ‘Lady Bountiful’ strip (1926-28), adding the topper ‘The Daredevil’. King Features distributed his ‘Uplifting of Mickey Mooney’ feature in 1928. In the second half of the 1930s he made features like ‘Johnny Beans’ and ‘Here ‘n There’ (also known as ‘Just Humans’) for the Van Tine Syndicate.