What is this pirate cartoon image?
December 5, 2017 9:55 AM   Subscribe

My grandfather had this poster up in his office for my entire life. Now that my grandmother is downsizing, she's getting rid of things, and we're trying to ID it. There is no signature, logo, or text of any sort. She seems to think it was a mascot for an oil company, but my searching has been useless. Any ideas?
posted by jeather to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
The first thing that came to mind was Andy Capp. Maybe search that artist -- Reg Smythe.
posted by patheral at 10:05 AM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

If it is helpful, I don't think this is a pirate, despite his hook and peg leg. He is dressed as a redcoat from the Revolutionary War.
posted by juniperesque at 10:09 AM on December 5, 2017 [2 favorites]

My first thought was that it kind of looked like a character from "Thank You Mask Man." Could it be the work of Jeff Hale?
posted by montbrarian at 10:20 AM on December 5, 2017

Reminds me more of Ben Wicks' cartoons.
posted by Ashwagandha at 11:42 AM on December 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

yet another cartoonist to think about - looks *almost* like the work of Johnny Hart (BC Comics), but there are some differences in style. His own character in BC with the wooden leg was "Wiley," and this is NOT Wiley, but has a similar underbite (most of his characters had overbites), same style of drawing a beard, etc.

I did some googling on Johnny Hart and could not find exactly this character. Something he did as a one-off?
posted by randomkeystrike at 12:47 PM on December 5, 2017 [1 favorite]

The first thing to come to my mind was Dik Browne's Helga.
posted by MonkeyToes at 1:14 PM on December 5, 2017

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