Born: 1905 May 24 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

Died: 1980 May 9 in Savannah, Georgia, United States

Biography: Additional biographical information is found in:
The Stripper's Guide, Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Bud Thompson, Tuesday, August 10, 2021:

Syndication work:
Screen Oddities daily (Bell Syndicate) 1931-11-30 - 1938-03-19 [Work signed or credited as Thompson or Bruno Thompson or Charles Bruno. Pencil and ink work.]
Star Flashes daily (Bell Syndicate) 1938-03-21 - 1943-03-13 [Continuation of Screen Oddities. Work signed or credited as Bruno or Charles Bruno. Writing, pencil, and ink work.]

Bud Thompson was born Bernard Thompson and worked in comic strips, cartoons, and comic books under several names and aliases. His work in comic strips ran from 1931 to 1943 and in comic books on and off from about 1942 to about 1955.

Under his Bernard Thompson name, Bud did cartoons from the 1940s until the 1960s.

Thompson emigrated with his family to the United States from England via Montreal, Canada sometime in July 1911. The family settled in Hennepin, Minnesota per the 1920 census, and eventually moved to St. Louis Park, Hennepin County, Minnesota where Thompson was raised. Thompson would marry Evelyn "Ev" Syverson before 1930. By 1937, the Thompsons were living in Hollywood, California in the house of the late magician Harry Houdini. At the time of his death, Thompson was living in Savannah, Georgia.

Notes: Immigration records claim Thompson was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, but the original English birth registration records state it was Kings Norton, Worcestershire.

A secondary Who's Who entry exists for the Charles Bruno pen name.


    Bud Thompson Type: Pen Name

Other Names:

  1. Bruno Type: Pen Name
  2. Charles Bruno Type: Pen Name
  3. Thompson Type: Common Alternative Name
  4. Bernard Thompson Type: Common Alternative Name
  5. Bernard H. Thompson Type: Common Alternative Name
  6. Bernard Horace Thompson Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Bernard Horace Family name: Thompson
  7. Bruno Thompson Type: Pen Name


  1. Art Institute of Minneapolis ? to ?

  2. University of Minnesota ? to 1928


  1. BERNARD H. THOMPSON [generic]
  2. Bruno [generic]
  3. Charles Bruno [generic]
  4. Thompson [generic]

Non Comics Works:

  1. Publication Title: [Teaching Staff] (other) - Role: employee - Year: 1953?
    Employer Name : Famous Artists School
    Notes: Thompson worked on the staff as a teacher for the Famous Artists School circa 1953.


  1. Employee of - Beck-Costanza Studio
    Notes: Thompson did pencil and ink work for the studio cira 1942.
  2. Employee of - Binder Studio
    Notes: Thompson did pencil and ink work for the studio circa 1942.