Fine Arts

Cartoonist and Illustrator Buford Tune

Talented illustrator and cartoonist Buford Tune inked cartoons, comic strips and illustrations for newspapers, magazines, and film studios (Paramount Pictures advertising) from the 1920s through the 1970s.

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(Buford Tune Cartoon 1932: Baloonacy |  Broadway and Hollywood “Movies”)

A Texas native, Buford Tune (born Aug. 26, 1906) is best known for taking over illustrations for the Dotty Dripple comic strip from Jeff Keate and Jim McMenamy, a few months after it was created by them in 1944.

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The Dotty Dripple cartoon characters bear a remarkable resemblance to the more well known and still running Dagwood and Blondie cartoon characters created by Chic Young around 1930.

Prior to working on Dotty Dripple, Buford Tune illustrated the syndicated comic strip Doings of the Duffs from 1928 to 1931.

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The creator of Doing of the Duffs was one Walter Allman, c. 1914, and the strip was continued after his death first by cartoonist Ben Batsford in 1924, until Tune took over in 1928.  

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From mid-1931 through mid-1934, Buford Tune was a contributor to the Baloonacy cartoon section in the monthly Broadway and Hollywood “Movies” fan magazine.

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These cartoons were often film industry-oriented gags designed to appeal to Broadway theatre-goers, movie fans, and film studio insiders.

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They were quite often “racy” by standards of the day (and today too, sometimes).

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(Buford Tune Cartoon 1932-1933: Baloonacy |  Broadway and Hollywood “Movies”)

Buford Tune died on May 21, 1989.

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Anita Hamilton

50+ World editor & baby boomer writer Anita Hamilton has always been interested in the "real people" stories behind the characters that create and inhabit the world of music, books, movies, television shows, current events, history, etc. A lifelong love of research (ok, nosiness) and writing, combined with a loving and supportive family complete with 3 mini-dachshund minions, keeps her busy.

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