Hal Coffman, American

Coffman was a jack of all trades with Hearst Newspapers, supplying large Sunday editorial cartoons (spelling McCay), weekday news and social cartoons, story illustrations, sports cartoons, you name it. Coffman had a long career, at least into the 1940s, but he was never particularly comfortable with series comic strips. The few he did were short-lived.

He takes the motive back of the day’s news for his text and makes his pictures preach a powerful sermon. With unerring skill he packs the “cause and effect” of a lifetime story into a single drawing. He is equally gifted in portraying the serious or humorous side of any big news or sports event. The New York Evening Journal is Coffman’s pulpit. He addresses the largest congregation of evening newspaper readers in America through the Evening Journal.

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