Henry Boltinoff and London Opinion

Boltinoff at London Opinion 1939 December pp32-33

You don’t normally expect to see an American appearing in London Opinion.  Take a look at the right hand cartoon. Whose is the signature? Yes, it certainly looks too much like Henry Boltinoff – especially with the characteristic underlining – not to be him. Now, if you don’t know who he is, you didn’t read Superman comics in the 1950s and 1960s. His cartoons from these comics have been beautifully reproduced at Mike’s Amazing World of DC Comics.

Henry Boltinoff (February 19, 1914 – April 19, 2001) was an American cartoonist born in New York City. His brother Murray Boltinoff was an editor at DC Comics. His cartoons are still available and one sample can be seen at the King Features website – showing his more rounded style to the cartoon above, similar to the DC Comics version. He created amongst many strips the cute Super-turtle! I’ve found a book by him that looks intriguing called Sex is Better in College with a cartoon cover showing a pony-tailed girl chasing a boy who is holding her frilly pants at a distance, and Howls of Ivy which I assume refers to the Ivy League colleges’ halls.

If anyone knows why this American was published in London Opinion, I’d love to hear from you. Perhaps he was posted here during the war – but this 1939 and therefore unlikely, but who knows?

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