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Mr. Tweedy, by Ned Riddle

Strip run:  1954 - 1987

Ned Riddle served in the Navy as a navigator's assistant aboard the submarine, the USS Piranha during World War II.  To entertain the crew, he drew caricatures of his superiors for a weekly newsletter.

After he returned to the United States, Mr. Riddle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.  He continued his artistic endeavors and began painting in watercolors.

In the 1950s, the Dallas Morning News hired Riddle to work as a commercial artist.  The newspaper editors at the paper were so impressed with his work that they suggested he should syndicate his cartoons, and syndication executives in New York told him to focus on drawing a single character.  As a result, in 1953 he created Mr. Tweedy, which was picked up for syndication in 1954 by General Features and even saw a book published in 1960.  In 1961 he resigned from the Dallas Morning News to concentrate on his strip full-time.  For the next 34 years, Mr. Tweedy saw publication in newspapers in the United States, Canada, Australia and South America.

Mr. Riddle passed away on October 14, 2003, from complications of a stroke at 81 years of age.

 

Example of Mr. Tweedy daily panel by Ned Riddle, November 21, 1956.  Copyright General Features Corp.  Art dimensions:  approximately 7 3/4" x 7 1/2" (excluding the title).

 

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