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Fred McCarthy (cartoonist)

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Frederick Francis "Fred" McCarthy, OFS, 5 September 1918 – 26 October 2009 was an American Franciscan cartoonist, creator of the popular Brother Juniper single-panel comic strip

McCarthy grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and drew cartoons from an early age, some of which he submitted without success to the New Yorker He attended Boston College, but, feeling called to becoming a Franciscan friar, transferred to St Bonaventure College in Olean, New York He entered the Order and was given the religious name of Justin

McCarthy began drawing a cartoon friar while a student there, at first for his own amusement, and then for posters and flyers He named the short, freckled, and ever-cheerful if sometimes naive character "Brother Juniper" in 1942, after the historical Brother Juniper, a companion of St Francis of Assisi McCarthy later served as art director of Friar, a national Franciscan magazine, and this led to the Brother Juniper character coming to the attention of the Publishers Syndicate, a distributor of comic strips

The Brother Juniper strip was published from 1958 until 1989 Running in over 100 American newspapers as well as overseas, Brother Juniper was the only religious-themed comic ever syndicated in daily newspapers internationally McCarthy also created two less-successful religious-themed strips, Sister Suzie about a teaching nun, and Brother Rufus He published these under the pen name "Fred Francis"

McCarthy, a Secular Franciscan from 1938, was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1945 but left the friars and the priesthood in the early 1960s He remained active as a Franciscan, however, resuming his life as a Franciscan tertiary, in which he was active till the end of his life He taught at a number of colleges and universities

McCarthy died on October 26, 2009, in Delray Beach, Florida, survived by his wife Lilly

Publications

  • McCarthy, Fred Brother Juniper 1957 Garden City:Hanover House
  • McCarthy, Fred Brother Juniper Strikes Again 1959 Garden City:Hanover House
  • McCarthy, Fred Brother Juniper at Work and Play 1960 Garden City:Hanover House
  • McCarthy, Fred More Brother Juniper 1960 New York:Pocket Books
  • McCarthy, Fred Inside Brother Juniper 1963 New York:Pocket Books
  • McCarthy, Fred Well Done, Brother Juniper 1963 Garden City:Doubleday
  • McCarthy, Fred The Whimsical World of Brother Juniper 1963 New York:Pocket Books
  • McCarthy, Fred as "Fred Francis" Brother Rufus 1964 Garden City:Doubleday
  • McCarthy, Fred as "Fred Francis" Sister Suzie 1964 Garden City:Doubleday
  • McCarthy, Fred The Ecumenical Brother Juniper 1965 Garden City:Doubleday
  • McCarthy, Fred 2012 The Definitive Brother Juniper Empty-Grave Publishing ISBN 978-1620890134  Includes the eight previously published Brother Juniper collections in one volume

References

  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch https://familysearchorg/pal:/MM911/JGGH-MJF : accessed 02 Mar 2013, Frederick Francis Mccarthy, 26 October 2009
  2. ^ a b c "A little about Fred McCarthy" The Brother Juniper Collection at St Bonaventure University Retrieved June 29, 2013 
  3. ^ "Brother Juniper" St Anthony of Padua Fraternity Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  4. ^ a b c "About the Brother Juniper Collection at St Bonaventure University" The Brother Juniper Collection at St Bonaventure University Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  5. ^ a b c Roy Gasnick November 11, 2009 "Remembering 'Brother Juniper' Cartoonist" HNP Today Franciscan Friars Holy Name Province Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  6. ^ Ger Apeldoorn April 24, 2017 "Brother, Oh Brother" The Fabulous Fifties Retrieved April 26, 2017 
  7. ^ "Obituary/Area Death & Guest Book Preview for Frederick F McCarthy" Palm Beach Post Obituaries October 27, 2009 Retrieved January 6, 2011 
  8. ^ Emeric Szlezak, Tom Murphy, Pamela Nagle, Roy Gasnick, St Anthony of Padua Fraternity Winter 2009 "Tributes to Fred McCarthy" PDF Secular Franciscan Order, Five Franciscan Martyrs Region, newsletter Retrieved January 6, 2011 CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list link
  9. ^ "Brother Rufus product description" Amazoncom Retrieved April 26, 2017 
  10. ^ "Sister Suzie product description" Amazoncom Retrieved April 26, 2017 

External links

  • The Brother Juniper Rejuvenation Project at BrotherJunipercom
  • Markstein, Donald D "Brother Juniper" Toonopedia 
  • Brother Juniper at comicstripfancom

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