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Charles Luchsinger, 1914-2009
posted March 19, 2009

Charles Luchsinger, a prolific magazine cartoonist who went into early television animation and later became a toy maker, died on Friday, March 6 in Glen Cove, New York. The cause was congestive heart failure. He was 94 years old.

Born in Moline, Illinois, Luchsinger was trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. He made murals and other kinds of art during a four-year stint in the Army. The death notice included The New Yorker, Collier's and The Saturday Evening Post among his cartooning clients, but confirmation of same was unavailable.

Moving into television with his brother Jack, Luchsinger provided the comics content of an ABC how-to television show from 1948-1953. The Luchsinger Brothers spent another year providing a similar segment to the Jolly Gene And His Fun Machine television show. He was featured in a 1956 issue of Life for creating the toy Fiddle Straws.

Luchsinger was preceded in death by two wives. He is survived by three sons, two brothers, a daughter, a sister and several grandchildren, nephews and nieces. The funeral was Monday, March 8.