The Comic Art of Jack
Featuring over 1700 pages of his comic book
work from the 1940's and early 1950's
Jack Bradbury worked at the Disney studio from the mid-1930's to the early 40's, during which time he was an animator on Snow White, Fantasia, Bambi, Pinocchio, and many short films,including Ferdinand the Bull. He left Disney after the 1941 strike and went on to do animation at Warner Brothers and other studios. During the last half of the 1940's, he started drawing comic books for publications such as Coo Coo, Giggle, Ha Ha, Happy, Goofy, and others, covering a huge menagerie of 'funny animal' characters. Many samples of his work from this period are included here. The Spunky and Stanley comics were (to me, at least) particular highlights of his artistic work. (Check out the Spunky Junior Cowboy comics, and also the earlier Stanley and Homer stories.) Jack went on, in the 1950's, to work for Western Publishing, drawing comic books and coloring books that primarily involved the Disney characters. During this time (the last three decades of his artistic work life) he drew stories that included practically the entire stable of Disney characters -- MIckey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale, Gyro Gearloose, and on and on. Check out INDUCKS for a compilation of his very extensive Disney comic book credits (or here's a simple text version, sorted by Disney character) Failing eyesight finally put an end to his cartooning, but he continued his creative energies in writing, at first doing some comic book scripts, and then working on some personal writing projects up until his death in 2004.
I'm one of Jack's sons, and after he died I gathered together the things he left, including many boxes of comic book pages. These make up the bulk of the current web site. I'll be updating this site and adding some other material that may be of interest to comics fans. I know that there are folks out there who very much appreciated Jack's style. I know he had some avid fans in Italy and Germany, as well as in the US. And he had admirers in the younger cartoonist community. Los Angeles-based Dave Bennett, in particular, has been a special long-time fan and was a close friend of Jack's. They even did some collaborative projects together in Jack's later years. Jim Scancarelli paid tribute to the Spunky and Stanley characters in his Gasoline Alley strip. I also sometimes see notes on the web from comics fans acknowledging Jack's special style. He combined painstaking artistry with a lively, fun-loving enthusiasm. Just check out how much personality he put into the talking horse, Stanley, for example.
The comic pages included here are meant as a gift to those on the web who might already be fans, and also as an introduction to those for whom these comics might be entirely new. Enjoy!
an early story where Spunky, the Pronto Kid, and Stanley, the
Talking Horse, first meet
(Click on picture for more.)
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|Lots of comics||Here's the heart of this site.
Scans of comics from the
1940's and early 1950's, most
from publications such as Coo
Spunky Junior Cowboy, and
others. Also includes Beany
series published by Dell, stories from Bob Clampett. This is not a
collection of Jack's work from this period, but it does include samples
of many of the
characters he drew during this time. The stories are primarily from his
own collection, plus a few I've gathered from the web. There are no
Disney comics here--please see the
note below about
UPDATE: Dave Bennett, who probably has the largest existing collection of Jack Bradbury comics, has kindly been going through his index to supply me with the source information (comic title, number, date) for many of these stories. He has also been scanning some of his collection to fill in stories and characters that I don't have. So far he's added over 400 pages of 'new' material! Thanks, Dave!!
NEW: For the historically-minded, I've added a chronological list of the ACG/Standard comic stories that are on this website.
|The Artist||A brief biographical sketch of Jack's cartooning career, including animation at Disney's, Warner's, and then drawing lots of comic books. Also contains a link to more detailed extracts from an autobiography he wrote in later years.|
|Miscellaneous Extras|| Odds and ends, including:
Some sketches of an early Spunky version (The Pronto Kid).
A series of letters that Jack saved, mainly to and from comic book editors, primarily covering the Spunky, Jr. Cowboy period (1948-51).
Some unpublished magazine cartoons.
A sketchbook of Jack's (dates not known).
The Shennanigans, America's Little People, a comic strip idea Jack tried at some point.
Sketches for a much later comic strip idea, Hugh Biggs. (retired couple and dog)
Beany and Cecil flip-book in the form of a short video file.
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A note on copyright issues
It is my understanding that all of the comics included on this website are in the public domain and free of copyright restrictions. As far as I have been able to determine, the publishers of these comics did not renew the copyrights 28 years after publication, as required for extension of copyright.
(Unfortunately, copyright constraints do prevent the inclusion here of the 6600+ pages that Jack Bradbury drew for Disney comic books. Too bad. There's a lot of wonderful artwork there.)