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Krazy Komics #1-15 (July 1942 - June 1944) continued as Funny Tunes #16-23 (Summer 1944 - Fall 1946), resumed as Krazy Komics #16-26 (Dec. 1944 - Mar. 1947), Krazy Komics vol.2 #1-2 (Aug. 1948 - Nov 1948).

Chad Grothkopf (1914-2005) was an American comics artist and animator. His work appeared in a variety of comics books from the 1930s and 1940s, such as Adventure Comics and More Fun Comics. He re-designed the Sandman costume into that of a standard superhero, and he was the creator of DC's Johnny Quick. Other DC credits include Three Aces, Radio Squad and Detective Chimp.

Krazy Komics 07Grothkopf created the first television animated cartoon, the eight-minute Willie the Worm (1938).

In the 1940s he operated a comics shop and produced funny-animal strip for various publishers, including Timely (Super Rabbit) where he did The Destroyer, et al.

Grohtkopf was also the creator of Hoppy the Marvel Bunny (1942), a character that first appeared in Fawcett's Funny Animals #1 in December 1942 as a funny animal spin-off of Captain Marvel. While appearing in just about every issue of Fawcett's Funny Animals the character became popular enough to gain his own series which led to the creation of the ongoing series Hoppy the Marvel Bunny in December 1945 which also brought back many of Hoppy's supporting characters. The series lasted for a total of fifteen issues before being cancelled in September 1947 most likely due to the decline in popularity for comic books and superheroes after the end of World War II. Fawcett was later purchased by Charlton Comics and eventually the character was purchased by DC Comics. Somewhere along the line this particular series fell into the public domain. This series seems to take place in Pre-Crisis Earth-S.

In the 1950s Grothkopf illustrated juvenile books starring Mighty Mouse.

He also did newspaper features called Famous Fiction (Bell Syndicate, 1942-46) and Howdy Doody (United Features Syndicate, 1950-53 with Edward Kean, who wrote 2000 episodes of the Howdy Doody TV series, created the show's theme song and coined the word "Kowabunga".

He also ilustrated a few tales of DC's Captain Carrot and his Amazing Zoo Crew! in the 80's.

From Lambiek Comiclopedia and others.

Chad GrothkopfFrom Stripper's Guide:

Animal Artist Admits He Likes Humans Too.

By James L. Callings (E&P, 7/8/50)

Chad of the eggbeater-beaten hair, of the large white teeth, of the Don Ameche face, was talking.

"I like people," he said, "in fact, some of my best friends are human beings. But I've been doing animals so long I can think only of fawns, rabbits, bees, squirrels and bear cubs."

Chad, last name of Grothkopf, a St. Bernardish sort of guy himself, is the free-lance artist who has brought the animal kingdom into PM's "Clear, Clean Taste" advertising campaign that has been appearing since last September in some 400 newspapers around the country.

The ads are prepared by Lloyd, Chester & Dillingham, New York advertising agency, and the idea is to convince people of PM's clear, clean taste through the association of an animal with that theme. Ten ads have appeared and five are coming up.

This will give you a clearer, cleaner picture of what PM is trying to do.There's Bill Honeybee, for instance. The copy that goes with him in the ad says:

"No one has ever been able to put into words the taste of prime roast beef or cantaloupe or a drink of fine whiskey ... but this picture of Bill Honeybee at his morning nectar comes mighty close to explaining PM's 'clear, clean taste.'"

Young Bill is an animated, humanlike cutie, buzzing from every pore.

Another ad has Br'er Rabbit drooling over a carrot. It's mouthwatering copy, and it's been successful, according to Chad. It's been doubly successful for the 35-year-old artist, matter of fact: as a result of his PM work, he said he has been asked to do a cigaret account and to illustrate several children's books.

Chad grinned. His features are every instrument in the band, all tuning up at once, with a little rumba thrown in on the side.

"How did I get started with animals?" the grin asked. "Well, I like them, that's why. It's easier. They don't care what a man's got, money and things, I mean.Krazy Komics 19

"I suppose this sounds sentimental, but I'll take dogs off the road and give them a home. Dogs, rabbits, chipmunks, a raccoon— I've taken them all in at one time or another.

"It just seems that everything I start turns out to be an animal."

Creative people find their ideas hanging from a bough of a tree they happen to be looking at, on a few spare feet of a cloud, in the whisper of the wind. Or in the speed of a hummingbird's wings.

It was no different with the agency executive who for quite a while had been trying in vain to describe the indescribable, taste. He knew that almost 98% of men buy their favorite relaxer because of its taste. Unfortunately, no one can tell what taste is, except by comparison.

At any rate, he and others wanted to put across the PM c-c-t slogan. One day he walked through Central Park Zoo in New York. He watched the animals. In them he found the answer. Animals, birds and insects, he thought, can't use words, but they know what they like.

That settled, it was easier to find the man. The agency already knew about Chad and his animal drawings. He was called in from the West Coast, borrowed a friend's studio, spent months on the final illustrations, now is not sure when he'll be able to return to Santa Monica, where he wants to continue as a free-lance.

Chad said he believes animal pictures have an appeal today, especially in the East, where so few people can tell a praying mantis from a butterfly.

"When I grew up in Ironton, Ohio," he said, "animals were the most natural thing in the world for me to draw because they were all around me."

With his new schedule, Chad has turned into a night owl. He himself doesn't get to see many animals outside of those in the zoo and the ones he hires from a model service.

"I can't," he explained, "because I prefer to work all night. I work with a radio going—got to have that radio on—then I sleep all day."

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