Gus Arriola

Gustavo “Gus” Arriola
Mexican-American 1917-2008

Joined Carmel Art Association in 1986. Member of the National Cartoonists Society.

Gus Arriola was raised in Los Angeles. After high school, he worked on animation for two years at Screen Gem (Krazy Kat), followed by four years story sketching at MGM on “Tom and Jerry.” He sold “Gordo” to United Features Syndicate in 1941; it ran one year. After 3 1/2 years producing animated training films for Army/Air Force, the strip was resumed in 1946. With the help of his wife, Mary Frances Sevier, he wrote and drew Gordo for 44 years.
Among his numerous awards are the “Distinguished Artist” Citation, Artist Club of San Francisco, 1957; and “Best Humor Strip,” National Cartoonists Society, 1957 and 1965; and the San Diego Comic-Con, Inkpot, 1981.

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