Monday, August 20, 2012

Local cartoonist George Mercer passes away (UPDATED)

Published in The Washington Post on August 15, 2012

The death notice says he was "Cartoonist for the Baltimore Afro-American newspaper" and that he designed nine stamps.

D.D. Degg spotted the story and provided the following notes: 

His design for the 12-cent Freedom of Conscience "Torch" stamp as mentioned in the above obituary:

The single sample of his cartooning I could find:

Allan Holtz' American Newspaper Comics lists his comics as:
SOLID SENDERS July 4, 1942 - at least December 11, 1943 panel
RICKEY October 17, 1942 - May 8, 1943 (pantomime strip)
ARLINE'S CAREER November 7, 1942 - May 8, 1943 strip
(retitled ARLENE'S CAREER March 20, 1943 - on)
The above three weekly comics were in the Baltimore Afro-American

After his hitch in the U.S.Army (May 10, 1943 - 1946?) Mercer did a couple more comics.

FRANTIC STEIN 1947 weekly strip
PEEWEE 1947 weekly panel
Holtz says these two may have been offerings from Continental Features, a 1940s syndicate for black newspapers possibly based out of the New York Amsterdam News.

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