Cartoonist Johnny Hart photographed for "The Artist Within" by Greg Preston

Remembering Cartoonist Johnny Hart on his birthday, Feb. 18, 1931-April 7, 2007

Good Tuesday morning! Remembering Cartoonist Johnny Hart today on his birthday, Feb. 18, 1931-April 7, 2007. Truly one of the nicest, and also most successful cartoonists in the business. As most everyone surely knows, "Johnny Hart created a formidable following of more than 100 million readers as the creator in 1958 of the comic strip B.C., which focused on prehistoric cave dwellers and anthropomorphic animals and plants while being laced with puns and clever satire about modern society. Then in 1964 Hart, together with Brant Parker, launched The Wizard of Id strip. Like B.C., The Wizard, which featured a megalomaniac in a medieval kingdom, relied on sight gags and puns, but it also lampooned politics. In later years Hart’s evangelical Christianity seeped into the strip and critics decried his depiction of a menorah morphing into a cross. Hart claimed that the images were meant to honor the two faiths."-Encyclopedia Britannica

This is one of the portraits we made of Johnny in his studio in upstate NY. You can see more portraits from the project here:

https://sampselprestonphotography.com/the-artist-within-boo…

Both artist within books available here:

https://www.sideshow.com/…/the-artist-within-sampsel-presto…

art © Johnny Hart