Al Smith Type: Pen Name

Other Names:

  1. Bud Fisher Type: Ghost Name
  2. Albert Schmidt Type: Name at Birth
    Given name: Albert Family name: Schmidt


  1. Al Smith [generic]
  2. Bud Fisher [generic]
  3. Fisher [generic]


  1. 1967: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Silver T-Square Extraordinary Service Award
  2. 1968: National Cartoonist Society Awards (NCS Awards) - Humor Comic Strip Division


  1. Employee of - Bud Fisher Studio
    Notes: Smith worked for the studio, almost certainly during the 1940s, probably writing, pencil, and ink work.
  2. Ghosted for - Bud Fisher (b. 1885)
    Notes: Al Smith began ghosting the comic strip Mutt and Jeff from Bud Fisher in 1932. During 1932 through probably some of 1934, Smith worked with Fisher on the strip in various capacities. From 1934 onward, Smith became the sole creator of the strip, though Fisher remained credited as creator and supervised the work. When Fisher died in 1954, Smith began to sign the comic strip in his name, continuing until his retirement in 1980.
  3. Ghosted by - Hy Eisman (b. 1927)
    Notes: Eisman did ghost pencil work for Mutt and Jeff (Bell-McClure Syndicate) Sundays. Per Allan Holtz, this was during 1963. Per Jerry Bails this was from sometime in 1965 to sometime in 1966.