Cartoonists: Meet the Benders!

Jack and Carole Bender are the cartoonists that do the strip Alley Oop.

Alley Oop is a syndicated comic strip, created in 1932 by V. T. Hamlin, who wrote and drew the  strip through four decades.  Alley Oop is a time traveling caveman, who rides a dinosaur named Dinny, and lives in the kindom  of Moo.

Jack Bender took over the strip in 1991, and now he and his wife Carole produce the strip.

The Benders asked me to do a pencil drawing of them based on the illustration I did for the Oklahoma Historical Society, which featured  a dozen or so Oklahoma Cartoonists.

The Benders met me at Chilis for lunch and to get the illustration.   We had a great time talking about cartooning, and cartoonists, and they graciously bought me lunch.

You may be saying; “Right, the Benders met you for lunch.  I’m not buying it!”

Ha, well, look in the window. There’s my reflection taking the photo!

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