Born: 1888 January 22 in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada

Died: 1941 October 8 in Los Angeles, California, United States

Biography: Win Smith was a Canadian-born cartoonist who emigrated to the United States at a young age. An advertising cartoonist in the 1920s, Smith was working as Ub Iwerks' assistant at the Disney studio by the late '20s, where he is credited with developing the idea of the story board as a means of organizing the story flow in the animation process. He was also involved, with Iwerks, in the development of the Mickey Mouse comic strip in 1930. Iwerks pencilled the first three weeks of the strip, with Smith providing inks. Following Iwerk's departure, Smith took over pencils and inks for the next three months before he, too, left the strip, leaving it to Floyd Gottfredson.

After leaving Disney, Smith ghosted the Bosko strip in 1934, wrote stories for the Walter Lanz studio in the late '30s, and drew comics for Dell. He died in Los Angeles in 1941.

Notes: To be confirmed against the Who's Who entry.


    Win Smith Type: GCD Official (type is deprecated)

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  1. Smith Type: Family (type is deprecated)
  2. Winfield Frank Type: Given (birth) (type is deprecated)