Born: 1912 February 13 in New York City, New York, United States

Died: 1966 month? day? in ?

Biography: Indexes for Bard's 1930-1935 editorial and gag cartoon work for the New Masses magazine (Worker's Party of America, 1926 series) can be found at the New Masses archive:
1930 - 1933 -, pages 15 - 16;
1934 - 1935 -, pages B-1 - B-2.
Bard also did editorial and gag cartoons for The Daily Worker newspaper (Communist Party USA, 1924 series) and Labor Unity magazine (The Trade Union Unity League, 1927 series), probably around the same time period as New Masses. Exact issues not yet known.

Notes: Who's Who speculates that Oliver Ashford might be a pen name for Bard due to similar styles. See:


    Phil Bard Type: Common Alternative Name

Other Names:

  1. Oliver Ashford Type: Pen Name
  2. Philip Bard Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Philip Family name: Bard


  1. School of Industrial Arts [NYC] ? to ?

Non Comics Works:

  1. Publication Title: Krazy Kat (movie) - Role: animator - Year: 1930
    Employer Name : Mintz Studio
    Notes: Bard was either an animator or production artist in 1930 for Krazy Kat animated cartoons. Which cartoons are not currently known.

  2. Publication Title: Recent Drawings U.S.A. (fine arts) - Role: artist - Year: 1956
    Employer Name : Museum of Modern Art
    Work Title: Man with Cigarette
    Notes: Bard was a part of an exhibit as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York that took place between April 25 – August 5, 1956. His ink piece, created in 1955, Man with Cigarette, was in the exhibition. 23 15/16" x 18 13/16" (61.0 x 47.8 cm).


  1. Employee of - Binder Studio
    Notes: Bard did pencil and ink work for Binder Studio in 1943.