Russ Westover

Cartoonist, Comic Strip Creator

1886 – 1966


Who was Russ Westover?

Russell Channing Westover was a cartoonist best known for his long-run comic strip Tillie the Toiler.

Westover was born in Los Angeles, California. He recalled, "When the time came... to make a living, father put me in one of the stores he owned. I used to wrap parcels, and I'd draw pictures on them. The customers liked it, but my father didn't. We talked it over and came to an agreement. I went into the railroad business."

After a job as a clerk with the Southern Pacific Railroad, Westover headed for San Francisco, where he studied at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. After four months, he dropped out after an instructor said, "Young man, the drawing of Caesar is good, but that caricature you made of me on the border is terrible".

He was 18 years old when he landed a job as a sports cartoonist with the San Francisco Bulletin. He also contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco Post and the Oakland Herald. His first comic strip, Daffy Dan, about a baseball player, was published in the Post.

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Mar 8, 1886
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Russell Channing Westover
  • United States of America
May 3, 1966
San Rafael

on July 23, 2013


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