Carl (Thomas) Anderson

American , 1865 - 1948

Born in Madison, Anderson studied at the Penn Museum and School of Industrial Art. Known as an etcher, painter and illustrator, Anderson had work published in many publications including "Life" and "Judge". The son of U.S. immigrants, he left school early to travel around middle America. As a carpenter’s apprentice, he once invented a patented folding desk, which is still being made today.

In Philadelphia, Anderson became interested in cartooning. He took a drawing course and secured a job at the New York World c. 1899. He created “The Filipino and the Chick”, a strip that gained him the attention of newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst. Hearst soon hired Anderson to work for his newspaper, “The Journal”.

In 1903 Anderson created the strip “Herr Speigelberger, the Amateur Cracksman”. Ultimately, his strips were not greatly successful and Anderson turned to freelancing for a number of magazines until the Great Depression forced him to return to his hometown of Madison to work as a carpenter. While teaching a class on cartooning, he tried his hand once more at creating a strip. He sent “Henry”, his new strip featuring a bald little boy, to the Saturday Evening Post. The strip was immediately taken up and Anderson worked on “Henry” until his death in 1948. After Anderson’s death, his assistants, Don Trachte and John Liney continued to write the strip.

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