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Bert Whitman (1908-1990) was an American editorial cartoonist and comics artist.
Bert Whitman was born in Brooklyn on July 27, 1908. A self taught artist, Whitman worked for the Los Angeles Times at age 16. He drew for the Detroit Mirror from 1929 until 1932 and was on the staff of the Cincinnati Enquirer during 1937. Whitman then began working on comic books. From 1939 until 1945, Whitman contributed to projects produced by Fox Comics, Fawcett, DC Marvel and Novelty Comics. He also created Mr. Ex for the Chicago Tribune Comic Book which first appeared in January 1941. It was later moved to the Tribune’s main comics page but was cancelled in the summer of 1943.
Whitman also worked on a variety of syndicated comic strips in the 1940s. Whitman wrote Cynthia and drew Debbie Dean for the New York Post Syndicate from 1942 until 1949. Comics historians have speculated that Debbie Dean ended after Whitman used the word "dope" in one of the strips which the censorship board objected to.
Following his time at the Miami Herald from 1948 to 1952, Whitman began working as an editorial cartoonist for the Stockton Record in Stockton, California where he stayed until moving on to the Phoenix Gazette in 1969.
Whitman was a member of the American Cartoonists Society and was recognized by a variety of organizations. He was a three time winner of the American Cancer Society Award in 1953, 1954, and 1956 and received the Disabled American Veterans Citation in 1958. Whitman won ten straight Freedom Foundation Awards and honored with their Distinguished Service Award. The National Conference of Christians and Jews Award was given to him in 1956 and 1963.
Whitman, also an avid painter, had his works exhibited by the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at various smaller galleries. Bert Whitman died of natural causes on December 10, 1990 in Phoenix, Arizona.