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Sample Autograph Signature:
American cartoonist and creator of the popular comic strips B.C. and The Wizard of Id. John Lewis Hart never really seriously considered cartooning until he was about to graduated from Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, NY and met Brant Parker, a young cartoonist who later became a partner in Hart's other comic creation, The Wizard of Id. Parker was working for the nearby Binghamton Press as an artist and cartoonist when he was asked to judge a high-school art contest in which Hart had entered non-cartoon drawings. Parker was impressed with his work, and later met with Hart one evening and convinced him to turn his talents to cartooning. Hart enlisted in the Air Force and served in Korea where he began producing cartoons for Pacific Stars and Stripes. Upon his discharge in , he moved back to Endicott and began selling his free-lance cartoon to leading magazines such as Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, Look and True. His income from free-lance work need supplemented, so he joined the art department at General Electric. While there, he continued to sell cartoons, build a successful national reputation, and created B.C. which was nationally syndicated by the New York Herald-Tribune on
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