Alberto’s Funny Animal Artist Gallery No. 4
Harris Wilder Steinbrook nasce a Chanute, nella contea di Neosho, Kansas, il 14 settembre 1904. È il primogenito di William Delbert Steinbrook (né Stainbrook), addetto al telegrafo lungo le ferrovie, e di Bessie Pearl Harris. Dopo Harris nascono le sorelle Grace Lucille (1906) e Ada Viola (1907) e il fratello William (1920).
Nel 1935 Harris vive con la moglie Pauline Boehmer a Kansas City, Missouri. Il figlio Paul Harris nasce l’anno seguente.
Gli Steinbrook si trasferiscono in California alla fine degli anni Trenta e nel 1940 risiedono all’801 di North Las Palmas Avenue, a Los Angeles.
Non è certo se Steinbrook lavori nell’animazione, sebbene la sua abilità nel disegnare “animali buffi” sembri suggerirlo. Infatti, dal 1944 al 1949 è associato alla branca dei Sangor Studios attiva sulla Costa Ovest, capeggiata dall’animatore Jim Davis, che impiega numerosi animatori di Hollywood per disegnare, nelle ore libere, “animali buffi” per gli albi delle editrici Better/Standard, ACG/Creston and DC/National.
I personaggi ai quali Steinbrook è legato più a lungo sono Henry the Laughing Hyena e The Three Mouseketeers. Entrambi appaiono sull’albo della DC Funny Stuff nel 1947-48.
Non è dato sapere che cosa Steinbrook faccia dopo aver abbandonato i fumetti. Probabilmente si dà al disegno pubblicitario o al vignettismo.
Steinbrook muore a Los Angeles il 26 dicembre 1966. Riposa nel Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California.
Harris Wilder Steinbrook was born September 14, 1904 in Chanute, Neosho County, Kansas. He was the first child of William Delbert Steinbrook (nee Stainbrook), a telegraph railroad operator, and Bessie Pearl Harris. Harris was followed by sisters Grace Lucille (born 1906) and Ada Viola (born 1907), and by brother William (born 1920).
By 1935 Harris was living with his wife Pauline in Kansas City, Missouri. Their son Paul Harris was born the following year.
The Steinbrooks moved to California in the late 1930s and by 1940 they were living at 801 North Las Palmas Avenue in Los Angeles.
It is not certain that Steinbrook ever was an animator, though his ability at drawing funny animals would suggest that. In fact, from 1944-49 he was associated with the West Coast Branch of Sangor Studios, headed by animator Jim Davis, who employed moonlighting Hollywood animators to draw funny animal comics for Better/Standard, ACG/Creston, and DC/National comic books.
The characters he was the longest associated with were Henry the Laughing Hyena and The Three Mouseketeers. Both appeared in DC’s Funny Stuff during 1947-48.
What Steinbrook did after leaving comics is shrouded in mystery, although he probably devoted himself to advertising or to editorial cartooning.
Steinbrook died in Los Angeles on December 26, 1966. He was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles County, California.
FUMETTOGRAFIA / COMICOGRAPHY
Editore/Publisher: AMERICAN COMICS GROUP
Casey – Ha Ha Comics #34 (1946).
Fenwell [Fox] – Ha Ha Comics #24, 31 (1945-46); Giggle Comics #91 (1953) [R].
Hare-Brained Tortoise – Ha Ha Comics #24 (1945).
Horace – Laffy-Daffy Comics #1, 2 (1945).
Editore/Publisher: BETTER PUBLICATIONS (aka STANDARD)
Basil the Bold – Coo Coo Comics (1947).
Burton – (1948).
Butch and Buttercup – Coo Coo Comics #43 (1949).
Cave Man Kenny – The Black Terror #16 (1946).
Detectless Detectives – Happy Comics #16 (1946).
Diz – (1949).
Earl Turtle – Barnyard Comics #14 (1947).
Hubie – Coo Coo Comics #41 (1948).
Li’l Joe – (1946).
Little Billy Bear – Happy Comics #13 (1946).
Little Ugh – The Black Terror #16 (1946).
Marty – Merry-Go-Round Comics #2 (1948).
Ol’ Rep – Barnyard Comics #19 (1948); Coo Coo Comics #49.
Peter Puss – Coo Coo Comics #44 (1949).
Ravin’ Raven – Coo Coo Comics #41 (1948).
Scatty – Barnyard Comics #22 (1949).
Tollivar Turtle – Barnyard Comics #9 (1946).
Uncle Pigly – Goofy Comics #26 (1948).
Wascal Weasel – Goofy Comics #17 (1946).
Wilbur Coon – Happy Comics #18 (1947).
Editore/Publisher: DC/NATIONAL COMICS
The Fox and the Crow – Real Screen Comics (c. 1947).
Henry Hyena – Funny Stuff #31, 34 (1948).
Henry the Laughing Hyena – Funny Stuff #17-30 (1947-48).
J. Rufus Lion – Funny Stuff #18 (1947).
The Three Mouseketeers – Funny Stuff #18-25, 27 (1947).
Editore/Publisher: RURAL HOME PUBLISHING
Horace – Laffy-Daffy Comics # 1, 2 (1945).