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January 10, 2008

Bob Zahn, 1934-2008


Bob Zahn, a versatile, widely-read and well-liked panel cartoonist who carved a lengthy career drawing cartoons while working as a full-time commercial artist and then in a long and fruitful "retirement," passed away in Inverness, Florida on Sunday. He was 73 years old.

Born in Phoenix, New York, Zahn worked for General Electric in nearby Syracuse for the majority of his professional life, in that company's military equipment manufacturing division.

imagePublishing under his own name and I believe occasionally as both Carroll Zahn and as Carroll, Zahn was widely published, and his clients included but were not limited to the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Punch, Field & Stream (Zahn enjoyed to fish), and two of the great markets for cartooning of the 20th Century, National Lampoon and Playboy.

His books included The Difference Between Cats and Dogs and Fly Fishing Tales of Terror. His cartoons appeared in several volumes of the popular Chicken Soup series of self-help books.

Like many gag cartoonists, he enjoyed an active career in greeting cards, working for a variety of publishers in that field including American Greetings.

A syndicated panel, Bigg's Business, ran from 1972 to 1979. Zahn had two features on the site Hap Hazard and Zahn, both of which published installments as recently as January 9.

Bob Zahn is survived by a wife of 53 years, a brother, one daughter, two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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