American cartoonist born in Mount Vernon, New York, on February 12,1912. Larry Reynolds went into advertising and illustration work after graduating from high school. He sold his first cartoon to Collier’s in 1932. His work subsequently appeared in most major publications of the time, including the New Yorker, the Saturday Evening Post and the New York daily PM.
Reynolds was drafted into the army during World War II and subsequently created his famous weekly panel, Butch, for Look magazine (his first cartoons there were signed “Cpl. Larry Reynolds”). Butch was a burly but lovable burglar who always helped little old ladies across the street, kept apologizing to intended victims and generally made a mockery of the profession of robbery, much to the disgust of his diminutive accomplice. Slug. Butch was Reynolds’s most enduring feature, lasting until the demise of Look in 1971.
In recent years Reynolds has been freelancing with mixed success. He prefers to use wash for his cartoons, and his style is clear and airy. His humor, soft in tone and with malice toward none, has made him a favorite of many.
the World Encyclopedia of Cartoons 1981