Fox, Gilbert T(heodore) 1915-2004
FOX, Gilbert T(heodore) 1915-2004
(Gill Fox, Ted Fox)
See index for CA sketch: Born November 29, 1915, in Brooklyn, NY; died May 15, 2004, in Redding Ridge, CT. Cartoonist and author. Fox was best known for his long-running cartoon "Side Glances," but was involved in all types of illustration and was twice nominated for a Pulitzer. Fox learned to draw at the Greenwich Village Textile High School and through a correspondence course; his first job was as an animation inker for Fleischer Studios in New York City. Other jobs followed, including sports cartooning for the Long Island Press, before Fox landed a position as editor and artist for Quality Comics in 1938. Here he drew comic-book covers and penciled and inked the comic book Torchy by Bill Ward, among other assignments. After leaving Quality Comics in 1952, he drew "Bumper to Bumper" for the New York Sunday News from 1953 to 1963 and "Side Glances," a single-panel cartoon that earned him two Rueben Awards, for Newspaper Enterprise Association from 1962 to 1982. During his career, Fox also was involved with other cartoons, including writing scripts for Will Eisner's "The Spirit" and cocreating the "Hi and Lois" strip with Dik Browne. In addition to political and humor cartoons, Fox did illustration work for advertising, most notably creating the picture of the winking chef who appeared on pizza boxes all over the country in the 1980s. Some of Fox's work was collected in the books Wilbert (1956) and My Son, the Doctor (1963).
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
Chicago Tribune, May 29, 2004, sction 2, p. 11.
New York Times, May 24, 2004, p. A25.