CARTOONIST! MARTIN FILCHOCK!
MARTIN FILCHOCK HAS BEEN DRAWING CARTOONS ALL OF HIS LIFE!
Now at age 98, he has been drawing for magazines for over 80 years. Right now in 2010 he is still drawing and selling to editors of magazines and he illustrated a book for an author in his hometown, Rogersville, Tennessee. To name a few! The American Legion! The Weekly World News! The Sun!
The Rogersville Review!
Martin Filchock still gets phone calls for interviews! Each year several articles are written about him! At 98 he is still going strong drawing editorials and a new puzzle feature called "View & Review" for The Rogersville Review, a comic strip for an electrical magazine, and the "Check and Double Check" puzzle feature for children in the magazine.... Highlights For Children and "Picture Perfect" for another nationwide magazine.
MARTIN FILCHOCK HAS DRAWN 1,000'S OF CARTOONS FOR HUNDREDS OF
MAGAZINES ACROSS THE U.S.A. AND AROUND THE WORLD!
Martin says that back in the 1950's,60's,70's & 80's magazines were using gag cartoons much more and paying better prices to cartoonists. A cartoonist could make a good living drawing cartoons during those years.
Now-a-days magazines are not buying like they used to!
Martin is still drawing and selling them anyway and he is still happy that he stuck to his career as a cartoonist.
Martin Filchock Has Created:
Comic Strip Features For Magazines & Church Publications!
Posters For The School System!
And Much More!
HE IS A PIONEER IN COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION!
His first action hero comic strip was called MIGHTY MAN! (1938)
He had several comic strip features that he drew for FUNNY PAGES in the 1930's! Martin Filchock wrote all the story lines, penciled and inked all of his many comic strips himself and they were accepted by the editor on the spot, most of the time.
HE WALKED THE SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK CITY IN THE 1940'S & 1950'S
SELLING HIS CARTOON GAGS TO MAGAZINE EDITORS ALONG WITH HIS FELLOW CARTOONISTS HANK KETCHAM & MORT WALKER!
HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE HAS FEATURED HIS "CHECK & DOUBLE CHECK" PUZZLE FEATURE IN THEIR MAGAZINE SINCE THE 1970's!
MARTIN IS A SELF-TAUGHT CARTOONIST!
He smiles and says "I first taught myself to draw by copying drawings from the many comic books that my friends and I traded each week! I especially liked drawing Westerns! Comic books were very popular with kids back in the 1920's! My brother George Filchock suggested that I draw up a few samples and send them in to Bill Cooke the editor of FUNNY PAGES! That started off my career in cartooning! Bill Cooke hired me on the spot!"
MARTIN SAYS THAT HE NEVER BECAME FAMOUS WITH A SYNDICATED COMIC STRIP,
BUT HE HAS HAD FUN DRAWING CARTOONS AND EARNING A LIVING FROM SOMETHING THAT HE ENJOYS!
He laughs and says " I never was a workaholic like some of those big name cartoonists...I always had time for sports and my family fun! I have received lots of interviews and honors and that is great, too!
I can find ideas for cartoons standing in the grocery store line or walking my 3 dogs on my property through the woods! Their names are Check, Double Check and Puzzles and they are part boxer and black lab!"
READ MORE ABOUT MARTIN'S CAREER AT PIONEER AND BEGINNING CARTOONISTS!
This is a Yahoo Group Site created in his honor which features his artwork in Photos Section.
Martin's cartooning tips are also listed in the Messages Section! As well as lots of interesting information about The Career of Cartooning.