New York, United States
Cartoonist, comic artist
He has been doing cartoons since he was a student at Brocton Central High School (Brocton, New York), from which he graduated in 1943. After completing his studies, he served in the US Army until 1946, during which time he continued to paint. Initially aspiring to become an industrial designer, he enrolled at Syracuse University thanks to the Military Rights Act, where in 1951 he received a degree in fine arts with a specialization in advertising.
He started working at the Ball & Grier advertising agency in Utica, New York, but in 1953 decided to focus on a career as a freelance cartoonist. From 1954 to 1966, he drew the comic strip “Grandpa’s Boy”.
He created the character “Marmaduke” in 1955, according to Anderson: “At the same time when I was drawing different types of dogs in my magazine cartoons, I was also trying to create a dog character specifically for use in a possible newspaper comic…, and decided that I wanted a dog with a very expressive muzzle.” Anderson, who says he relied on the Laurel and Hardy programs for his ideas, won the National Cartoonists Society Award for his cartoon “Marmaduke” in 1978.
Reference: Wikipedia, 2010