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December 10, 2007


Al Scaduto, 1928-2007

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Mike Lynch brings word that Al Scaduto passed away on Friday, December 7.

Scaduto was born in the Bronx, took classes at the Art Students League and graduated from the School of Industrial Arts in 1946. He was immediately employed upon graduation by King Features Syndicate. In 1948 he began to assist the late artist Bob Dunn on Jimmy Hatlo's They'll Do It Every Time and a comic book version on Jimmy Hatlo's other popular feature, Little Iodine. The comic book assignment ended in 1962, but upon Hatlo's passing a year latter Dunn and Scaduto expanded their work with They'll Do It Every Time. When Dunn died in 1989, Scaduto took over the feature on a full-time basis. The panel currently has approximately 100 clients.

Lynch's link provides a personal look at Scaduto, complete with his involvement with the Long Island chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, known as The Berndt Toast Gang. Mark Evanier provides a much better appreciation and obituary than this one here, and Josh Fruhlinger expresses a fondness for They'll Do It Every Time and its perhaps old-fashioned humor. Scaduto was clearly a highly skilled cartoonist, with a handsome line and fine sense of composition that he used in both single-panel and divided panel conceptions of They'll Do It Every Time. His feature, if you look at it, may be the only current comics offering that would have looked completely in place style-wise running on a comics page in the 1930s. It is unknown at this time if the feature will continue under another artist or pair of artists.

Scaduto's biography at King Features note that he took on a number of outside illustration and related gigs, although apparently nothing else in comics.

They'll Do It Every Time won the NCS divisional award for panel cartooning in 1979 and in 1992. Scaduto is survived by two daughters.
 
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