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Brant Julian Parker, American cartoonist. Recipient: Distinctive Merit award for advertising director 16th Annual Exhibition, Washington, 1963, National Cartoonist Society Humor Comic Strip award, 1971, 1976, 1980, 1982-1983, Yellow Kid award Internationale 8th Annual, Luca, Italy, 1972, Reuben award, 1984, Elzie Segar award, 1986.

Background

Parker, Brant Julian was born on August 26, 1920 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of Theodore Gulbrantson and Rachael (Deats) Parker.

Education

Parker studied at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Career

Cartoonist Johnny Hart, his co-creator, continued writing the strip until his death on April 7, 2007. Parker himself died eight days later, on April 15. He worked for the Walt Disney Studio before and after World War II, taking time off to serve in the United States Navy.

After leaving Disney in 1945, he moved to New York to work as a political cartoonist for the Binghamton Press. It was in New York that he met Johnny Hart in 1950. Parker was judging an art contest in which 18-year-old Hart was an entrant.

The meeting was the beginning of a friendship that led to the two collaborating on The Wizard of Id in 1964. Parker teamed with Don Wilder on the political commentary strip, Goosemyer, which ran from 1981 to 1983. He collaborated with Bill Rechin and Wilder on the strips Out of Bounds, Crock.

Early on, Parker left those strips to devote more time to The Wizard of Id.

Achievements

  • Parker received the National Cartoonists Society Humor Comic Strip Award for 1971, 1976, 1980, 1982 and 1983. He also received their Reuben Award for his work on the strip in 1984 and their Elzie Segar Award in 1986.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Artist, Walt Disney Productions, 1945-1947, editorial cartoonist, Binghamton Press. Cartoonist: national syndicated comic strips Wizard of Id, 1964-1997, Crock, 1975-1997, Goosemyer, 1980-1997. Author: 13 Wizard of Id books.

Membership

Lecturer, teacher Youth Program, Lorton Penitentiary. Board directors No Greater Love, American Kidney Fund. Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945.

Served with United States Navy, 1950-1954, PTO. Member National Cartoonist Society, Comics Council, Smithsonian Associates Clubs: National Press.

Connections

Married Mary Louise Sweet. Children: James Brant, Julie Anne, Laurie Ellen, Kathie Jean, Jeffrey Theodore.

father:
Theodore Gulbrantson Parker

mother:
Rachael (Deats) Parker

spouse:
Mary Louise Sweet

children:
James Brant Parker

Julie Anne Parker

Laurie Ellen Parker

Kathie Jean Parker

Jeffrey Theodore Parker