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Bud Tamblyn
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 Bud Tamblyn was the local cartoonist in Allentown's Morning Call and Evening Chronicle newpapers back when I was a kid growing up in rural Pennsylvania back in the sixties and seventies. Tamblyn began his career at the Call/Chronicle in 1937 and appeared in those papers regularly until his retirement in 1985. After that he contributed occasional cartoons until his death in 1989.

 The character above is "the little man." He served as Tamblyn's everyman. His catchphrase in Pennsylvania deutsch was, "husht du die Stella gesehna?" In english, "have you seen Stella?" Stella was a character based on an entertainer on the Allentown Fair's midway.


 This was published on December 15, 1966 following the death of Walt Disney. I was nine years old. Until I saw it again in the early nineties, I'd always remembered it as Mickey crying on the grave of Walt Disney. It isn't quite that but it's close. One of my all-time favorite Tamblyn cartoons. The original art currently hangs in the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

 Although he did occasional editorial cartoons concerning national and international affairs, always in a gentle, light-hearted manner, he mostly stuck with the big issues then facing the Lehigh Valley.





He drew celebrities passing through town.


Lawrence Welk

 The Allentown fair is an annual event that takes place at the close of summer and Bud Tamblyn would always be there to document it.
Perry Como-----with Stella

Allen & Rossi
Here are a few of his fair roundups featuring the headliner.
Johnny Cash

Liza Minnelli
 To illustrate the small-town heart of his work, here are some examples of his work celebrating milestones in the lives of the local "celebrities." He must have done hundreds if not thousands of these over the years.




My High School gym teacher.

 Inspired by Tamblyn I came close to working for the Morning Call myself. In the early seventies, when I was a ninth grader, the paper was running a weekly tabloid insert devoted to YOUTH. It covered the music scene and other trends of interest to teens. I sent my work to the editors and was invited to join the staff. After attending my first editorial meeting I was given the assignment of illustrating a young man riding a bicycle. Having completed the work and meeting the deadline I was all set to see my first work in print. It was not to be. I woke up on the morning of publication to my mother's sad face delivering the news, due to budget cuts the paper cancelled the section and I was relegated back to obscurity.



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