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June Pelo
12-05-05, 21:37
Norden has an article about American comic artists with Finnish connections.

Paul Gustavson, 1916-1977, born in Saltvik on Åland Island, son of Karl Gunnar Gustafsson, 1889-1976, and Lydia Maria Gustafsson, 1894-1963. Emigrated during World War I and settled in Warwick, NY. Paul became the veteran of American superhero comics. He created many characters for Marvel Comics: best known is The Angel. Marvel Comics No. 1, 1939, including Gustafson's Angel recently sold at Sotheby's in New York for $41,400. Gustafsson married Gladys Bayer and they had 3 children. He co-worked with Frank Owen, whose wife Vera was born on Åland.

Paul's brother Nils Gunnar Owen made comics also. Later became a photographer in New York. He died 1953.

Ripert Nordling was born in Bjõrneborg; emigrated to the US and lived in New York. He died 1936. His son Klaus, b. 1915, d. 1986, was an actor and famous comic strip artist. Several years ago the History of Finns in New York was published and Klaus Nordling was mentioned.

In 1953 there was a comic strip in Norden, titled "Matti sen". Muriel Carlson was the artist and writer was Amida Anderson, wife of Theodore Anderson, editor of Norden at the time.

There is a mystery man in the Finnish American group of comic book artists and cartoonists. The strip was "Henry", a mute baldheaded boy. It was thought the Henry strip was made by a Finnish artist and originated in Vasa. But Henry's creator actually was Carl Anderson, a Norwegian. Other artists have drawn Henry, such as Don Trachte and John Liney.

If anyone knows anything about any of these artists, please contact:
Ilpo Lagerstedt
Ulvilantie 29 / 2 H 101
00350 Helsinki, Finland


13-05-05, 13:56
Haddon Sundblom, descendant of Ålanders from Föglö, draw the first image of Santa Claus as we know him today. He made ads for Coca Cola in 1931. Later Disney adapted the "format" and the rest is history.