Born: 1919 January 15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: 1993 November 24 in Bloomington, Indiana, United States
Biography: Wingert's father was a printer who hoped his son would go into business with him. But a high school art teacher helped Wingert secure a three year scholarship to the John Herren Art Institute in Indianapolis. While a student from 1937 through 1940, Wingert assumed he would work in illustration. However, upon graduation he was inducted into the Army. He spent a year in Louisiana with the 34th Infantry Division beginning in February 1941 and was sent to Ireland in 1942 with duties as a medical illustrator. Wingert submitted samples to the newly re-established Stars and Stripes and had several of his cartoons printed. He requested a transfer to the Stars and Stripes division and was moved to London, where he spent the rest of the war. During this time, he created his main character "Hubert". After the war, Wingert returned to the United States, settling in Westport, Connecticut. William Randolph Hearst Jr., whom Wingert had met during the war, suggested he submit cartoons to the New York syndicates. After many rejections, King Features Syndicate picked up Hubert as a daily strip which debuted December 3, 1945. Wingert returned to Nashville, Indiana, home of Indiana's famed art colony, in 1989. He continued drawing Hubert, sometimes with assistants, until his death.
Publication Title: V-Mail
(other) - Role: artist
- Year: 1943
Employer Name : United States Army
Work Title: pictorial Christmas V-Mail form
Notes: Created "Greetings from Britain", one of three pictorial background designs for for V-Mail forms for the 1943 Christmas season. Forms were used again for the 1944 Christmas season. Ten forms were distributed to all eligible US service members to use as holiday greetings to people back home.