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Bill Hume, 1916-2009
posted July 2, 2009
William Stanton Hume, a multi-talented artist who worked in a panoply of fields, died on Saturday
in a health care facility near Columbia, Missouri. He was 93 years old.
In a professional life that included stints as a ventriloquist, an actor, a playwright, an art director, an animator, a newspaper man and a photographer, Hume's period as a cartoonist was specific and typically successful. Hume served in the Navy in World War II after failing to find work as a cartoonist or on a newspaper staff. He opened an art studio in Columbia after the war and like so many ex-servicemen was called to duty in the early 1950s. Part of his duties as the Naval Air Station in Yokosuka, Japan was the base's newspaper The Oppaman
. The cartoons he did with writer John Annarino for the paper about life as lived by servicemen in relation to Japanese women and Japanese culture became enough of a hit to lead to a short series of books. Hume's spotlight character was named "Babysan."
A photos and covers to his books -- including a pair featuring Babysan -- are available at Christopher Wheeler's site
Hume is survived by a son, a daughter and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife.