Born: 1874 June 16 in Wilmington, Ohio, United States

Died: 1958 October 26 in North Hollywood, California, United States

Biography: Clare Victor Dwiggins was a cartoonist who signed his work Dwig. Dwiggins created a number of comic strips and single-panel cartoons for various American newspapers and newspaper syndicates from 1897 until 1945, including his best-known strip, the long-running School Days (which appeared under a number of different titles).

Dwig's first comic strip was Home Wanted for Tags, a daily/Sunday strip for the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, which ran from 1910–1919. His longest-running strip was Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1918–1931), which used more than a half dozen of Mark Twain's characters but employed very little content from his novels.

Dwig began School Days circa 1909 as a single panel, and it eventually evolved into a Sunday strip with a storyline about school kids that continued until c. 1932 (including under the titles Ophelia's Slate, The School Days of Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn, and Golden Days).

Dwig drew Nipper (1931–37) for the Ledger Syndicate. During that same period, he did Footprints on the Sands of Time for the Ledger Syndicate. In 1940, he returned to Huckleberry Finn (also for the Ledger Syndicate), which was reprinted in the pages of Doc Savage Comics and Supersnipe Comics (both published by Street & Smith Comics). He also drew Bobby Crusoe in 1945 for Supersnipe Comics.

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

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    Clare Victor Dwiggins Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Clare Victor Family name: Dwiggins

Other Names:

  1. Dwig Type: Pen Name
  2. Clare Dwiggins Type: Common Alternative Name
    Given name: Clare Family name: Dwiggins


  1. Dwig [generic]