Born: 1910 January 26 in Crawfordsville?, Indiana, United States

Died: 196?? December day? in United States

Biography: McCarthy worked as artist for comic books, comic-related advertising, and in syndicated comic strips.

He is best known for the syndicated comic strip, Gertie O'Grady, through the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. Originally a part of the syndicated comic booklet released through the Sunday Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press (amongst other newspapers) comic sections. Sunday only, McCarthy was the artist doing pencil and ink work and possibly the writer too, from 30 June 1940 to 14 November 1943. The syndicate comic booklet ended 4 April 1943 and the comic strip continued until its end as a regular syndicated comic strip.

A slightly re-worked version of Gertie O'Grady, appears to have shown up as a filler strip for the New York Daily News/Sunday News comic section, known to have appeared on 20 March 1949 and original art known for the 15 May 1949 date also indicates possible publication. During this time period, The Sunday News issued local New York City and National edition of their comic section. Often such strips would appear in the National edition but were replaced by local advertisements in the local edition.

McCarthy's first work in comic books was actually comic-related ads for Eveready Batteries in a recurring feature, Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries. He also did a Wheaties advertisement that appeared in comic books in 1945. From 1945 to 1946, Magazine Enterprises would reprint Gertie O'Grady in a couple of its titles.

By 1948, he began working for Harvey Comics, on Sally and the Gang, during 1948; Holly of Hollywood, from 1949 to 1951, and 1955; Fun at the Zoo, from 1950 to 1952, 1954, and 1960 to 1963; Hi-School Hi-Spots in 1954; Delbert Dibble the Boyfriend, during 1955; and various number of Sad Sack-related features, from the early-1950s until the mid-1960s, most all not credited. McCarthy started his Sad Sack work inking the Fred Rhoads pencil work, which then was based off of George Baker original gag cartoons. He would go on to writing and drawing the feature.

McCarthy started his career sometime in the 1930s as a commercial artist in Louisville, Kentucky, and then in Danville, Illinois. In the 1930s, he moved to Toledo, Ohio and joined the staff of artists for the comic strip, Big Chief Wahoo. By the end of the decade, McCarthy moved to New York City and worked on the Paramount Pictures publicity department while doing magazine gag cartoons. By 1940 he began on Gertie O'Grady. During the Second World War, McCarthy drew education cartoons and comics for the war effort. Post-war, he continued in commercial and advertising work, known adverts include American Express appearing in Coronet magazine in 1951.


    Paul McCarthy Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Paul Joseph Family name: McCarthy


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