Here’s the latest installment of Maggie Thompson’s ongoing look at important beginnings, middles, and ends, this time for September 16-22, 2022...

155 years ago September 19, 1867 Illustrator Arthur Rackham is born. He’s especially noted for his influential fantasy paintings.

150 years ago September 19, 1872 Cartoonist A.D. Condo is born. He’s known for The Outbursts of Everett True.

140 years ago September 19, 1882 Danish comics artist, animator, and comedian Robert Storm Petersen (who works as “Storm P”) is born. He’s known for his characters The Three Small Men and The Numberman.

135 years ago September 16, 1887 King Features Syndicate artist J. Paul Arnot is born. His “Helpful Henry” character is an influence on Oliver Hardy’s “Ollie” character.

130 years ago September 18, 1892 The Inter Ocean Chicago newspaper introduces newspaper color printing.

110 years ago September 21, 1912 Award winning animator, artist, writer, producer, and director Chuck Jones is born. He’s especially known for his Warner Brothers cartoons featuring the Road Runner and Bugs Bunny.

110 years ago September 21, 1912 Ziff-Davis pulp artist Rod Ruth is born. He’s the first artist of The Toodles, scripted by Stanley and Betsy Baer.

110 years ago September 22, 1912 Japanese writer-artist and political cartoonist Kon Shimizu is born. He creates Tokyo Senichi ya Monogatari and Kappa no Kawatoro.

105 years ago September 18, 1917 Award winning voice artist June Foray is born. With a career beginning on radio in her teens, she is heard in animated cartoons, Stan Freberg comedies, and more. Especially known as the voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, she actively promotes the field of animation and, at age 94, she is the oldest entertainer at that time to win an Emmy Award.

100 years ago September 22, 1922 The British comics magazine The Wizard begins.

90 years ago September 18, 1932 Floyd Gottfredson introduces Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse in the Mickey Mouse strip.

90 years ago September 22, 1932 British artist Ian Kennedy is born.

85 years ago September 17, 1937 Anant Pai is born. The Indian writer-artist sometimes called the father of Indian comics, he creates Indrajal and founds Rang Rekha Features.

75 years ago September 17, 1947 Three-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist and Shoe creator Jeff MacNelly is born.

75 years ago September 20, 1947 Emmy winning comics writer and Howard the Duck creator Steve Gerber is born.

75 years ago September 21, 1947 Writer Stephen King is born. His bestselling books are often pop culture connected, and several of his projects have comics associations.

70 years ago September 19, 1952 Linus van Pelt (mentioned earlier in the year) is first seen in Charles Schulz’ Peanuts strip.

70 years ago September 22, 1952 Harold Tucker Webster dies one day after his 67th birthday. He created The Timid Soul, Life’s Darkest Moments, and other panel cartoons (eventually totaling more than 16,000).

65 years ago September 16, 1957 Artist Keith Williams is born. He’s best known for work on Moonstone Comics and The Phantom.

65 years ago September 18, 1957 Dan Davis is born. The Eisner nominated artist produces material for DC and Bongo.

65 years ago September 20, 1957 Writer Steve Ringgenberg is born.

60 years ago September 16, 1962 Gregory Gallant is born. Under the pen name “Seth,” the cartoonist produces Palookaville and It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken.

60 years ago September 17, 1962 Artist Harry L. Parkhurst dies at age 86. He drew Golden Arrow for Whiz Comics and Hopalong Cassidy for Master Comics and later drew Dell’s Western comics as “Harry Parks.”

60 years ago September 20, 1962 Writer-artist Gary Dunaier is born.

60 years ago September 21, 1962 French artist and musician Hubert Mounier is born. He works as “Cleet Boris.”

60 years ago September 22, 1962 Artist, letterer, and colorist Steve Lavigne is born. He’s especially known for his work on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

50 years ago September 20, 1972 Writer William Ritt dies at age 70. He co-created Brick Bradford with Clarence Gray.

45 years ago September 16, 1977 Animator, director, and artist Robert McKimson dies of a heart attack at age 66. He was especially known for his Warner Brothers cartoons.

40 years ago September 16, 1982 Political and newspaper feature cartoonist Courtney Dunkel dies at age 79.

40 years ago September 17, 1982 Chiggers creator and publisher of Tulip Tree Press writer-artist Hope Larson is born.

30 years ago September 18, 1992 Bob begins. The “Mad Dog Returns” episode kicks off the first season, in which Bob Newhart plays Bob McKay, the fictional comic book creator of Mad-Dog.

20 years ago September 20, 2002 Disney’s English dub of Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is released in the United States.