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Blake, Bud

I love Bud Blake's work. He drew the comic strip Tiger for nearly 40 years, incorporating a lively, calligraphic line, combined with gentle humor and wonderful compositions. Bud's work on the strip remained at a high level until he retired from the strip in early 2004. I found myself very lucky to be able to interview Bud in the summer of 2004. That interview appeared in issue #13 of Hogan's Alley. I visited with Bud in Maine again in the summer of 2005 and found him to be in high spirits and good health. He was once again the most gracious of hosts.

Here is a brief biographical excerpt from the introduction that I wrote for my interview with Bud (my apologies to those of you expecting the memorial piece written by Bud's son, but it was too long for the parameters set on this site. Email me and I'll send you a copy):

Bud Blake was born on February 13th, 1918, in Nutley, New Jersey. His father, George Blake, was an Art Director at the Batten Company, a forerunner of the famed advertising firm, BBD&O (Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborn). The elder Blake was an accomplished painter and did many illustrations for well known ads, including the Dutch Boy character for Dutch Boy Paint. George Blake died at the age of 42, when Bud was only seven years old. His mother, Hazel Blake, ran a boarding house to support the family, but times were difficult for a single mother of three. Due to the financial hardships, there was at least one occasion when Bud had to live with friends. Bud attended school in both Nutley and New York City, and had various jobs along the way, from soda-jerk to lifeguard at a pool. The latter job didn't last all that long, as he was caught letting some friends sneak in to swim. Bud later studied art at the National Academy of Design and in 1937, at the age of 18, he began working as a paste-up boy at the Kudner Agency in New York City. He married Doris Gaskill, who worked at the Book-of-the-Month club, in 1939. Bud worked at Kudner until 1943, when he was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army. Private Bud Blake spent most of the three years at the Infantry Replacement Training Center in Macon, Georgia. His duties included creating silk-screen instructional posters for such activities as learning how to fire a machine gun. Upon his return from the army, Bud resumed his work at Kudner, working his way up to the position of Executive Art Director. The stresses of the job, though; the traveling, meetings, commuting and administrative work, took their toll and Bud abruptly quit Kudner in 1954, leaving what he called "good men and good pay" behind him. Bud yearned to get back to the drawing board and he developed a panel cartoon feature, titled "Ever Happen to You?", which he sold to King Features in 1954, shortly before moving to Spain with his family. Bud continued working on "Ever Happen to You?" for 11 years, at the same time doing freelance work for various advertising accounts and major magazines, such as Family Circle and Business Week. In 1965, Bud pitched an idea for a daily and Sunday comic strip to King Features. "Tiger", which was based upon his observations of neighborhood kids, as well as his own children, first saw print on May 3rd, 1965. It started with a healthy circulation of 400 newspapers and a strong publicity push. Bud won the National Cartoonists Society's Award for Best Humor Strip in 1970, 1978 and 2001. Doris and Bud Blake had two children, Marianna and Jay. Doris passed away in 1988, after 49 years of marriage. Bud Blake retired from the comic strip in March 2004. He had drawn "Tiger" for nearly 40 years.

Bud Blake passed away on December 26th, 2005, at age 87. You can read the news of his passing here and at the King Features site.

Rest easy Bud. You will be missed.

There are 47 Pieces of Art In This Gallery.     1 through 18 shown.

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Bud Blake - 1960s Sunday Pictorial Review Cover Illustration Comic Art
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Bud Blake - 1960s Sunday Pictorial Review Cover Illustration

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Paint - Watercolor
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 341
Comments: 2
Added to Site: 6/5/2015

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Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - 1960s Sunday Pictorial Review Cover Illustration
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
341 Views, 2 Comments

Bud Blake - Tiger Daily - 1996 - Prize Fighting and Jumping Rope Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Tiger Daily - 1996 - Prize Fighting and Jumping Rope

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 2688
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 8/14/2013

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Tiger Daily - 1996 - Prize Fighting and Jumping Rope
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
2688 Views

Photo of Bud Blake Comic Art
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Photo of Bud Blake

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Artist:
Media Type: Photograph
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 819
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 12/20/2004

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Photo of Bud Blake
Artist: 819 Views

Bud Blake's Work Area Comic Art
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Bud Blake's Work Area

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Artist:
Media Type: Photograph
Art Type: Other
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 870
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 12/20/2004

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake's Work Area
Artist: 870 Views

Bud Blake -- Self Portrait in Chair Comic Art
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Bud Blake -- Self Portrait in Chair

Art Details

Artist:
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1941
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 8/30/2005

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake -- Self Portrait in Chair
Artist: 1941 Views

Bud Blake - Self Portrait for Hogan's Alley Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Self Portrait for Hogan's Alley

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 429
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Self Portrait for Hogan's Alley
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
429 Views

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1954 Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1954

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 526
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1954
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
526 Views

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1956 Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1956

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 512
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1956
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
512 Views

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1957 Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1957

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 565
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1957
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
565 Views

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1960 Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1960

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 636
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1960
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
636 Views

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1963 Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1963

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 582
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Ever Happen to You? - 1963
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
582 Views

Bud Blake - Pictorial Review Cover - 1960s Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Pictorial Review Cover - 1960s

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Mixed Media
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1357
Comments: 1
Added to Site: 7/20/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Pictorial Review Cover - 1960s
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
1357 Views, 1 Comment

Bud Blake - NCS Promo Cartoon - Reuben Awards - 1970s Comic Art
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Bud Blake - NCS Promo Cartoon - Reuben Awards - 1970s

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 902
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - NCS Promo Cartoon - Reuben Awards - 1970s
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
902 Views

Bud Blake - Color Drawing of Tiger Comic Art
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Bud Blake - Color Drawing of Tiger

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Mixed Media
Art Type: Interior Page
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1989
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 6/12/2007

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - Color Drawing of Tiger
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
1989 Views

Bud Blake - 1967 Tiger Sunday Page - Fallen Limb Comic Art
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Bud Blake - 1967 Tiger Sunday Page - Fallen Limb

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 2944
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/19/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - 1967 Tiger Sunday Page - Fallen Limb
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
2944 Views

Bud Blake - 1978 Tiger Sunday Page - Dead Mouse Comic Art
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Bud Blake - 1978 Tiger Sunday Page - Dead Mouse

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 2479
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/17/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - 1978 Tiger Sunday Page - Dead Mouse
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
2479 Views

Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Hiking Comic Art
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Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Hiking

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1111
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/17/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Hiking
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
1111 Views

Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Julian Comic Art
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Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Julian

Art Details

Artist: Bud Blake (All)
Media Type: Pen and Ink
Art Type: Comic Strip
For Sale Status: NFS
Views 1658
Comments: 0
Added to Site: 11/17/2011

About the Owner

Rob Stolzer Paid Member
Member Since: September 2004

Bud Blake - 1982 Tiger Sunday Page - Julian
Artist: Bud Blake (All)
1658 Views

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