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Frank Bolle Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 17 Oct 2008

Biographical History

Frank Bolle (1924- ) is an American cartoonist and illustrator.

Frank Bolle was born in New York City on June 7, 1924. After service with the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, Bolle attended the Pratt Institute, graduating with honors. His initial professional work included illustrating westerns, science fiction comics and adventure stories for Magazine Enterprises, Western Publishing, Boys' Life and others. Bolle also worked on a number of newspaper comic strips over the course of his prolific career. Debbie Deere may have been his first high profile newspaper feature, but it was short-lived (1966-1969). Subsequently, Bolle has left his mark on many prominent newspaper strips, including The Heart of Juliet Jones (1982-1999), Winnie Winkle (1983-2003) and Apartment 3-G (1999- ). Frank Bolle was recognized with an Inkpot Award at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con, in recognition of his lifetime of achievement in comics.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank Bolle Cartoons collection contains 953 original daily cartoons and 113 original Sunday cartoons from the newspaper comic strip Debbie Deere (1966-1969). Daily cartoon: traces of graphite, opaque white, pasteovers, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 7 x 19 in. Sunday cartoon: traces of graphite, opaque white, pasteovers, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 15 ½ x 21 ½ in.

Arrangement of the Collection

Daily and Sunday cartoons are arranged separately in chronological order.


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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Bolle, Frank.

Corporate Bodies

McNaught Syndicate.

Associated Titles

Debbie Deere (comic strip)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frank Bolle Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Bolle, 1967-1969.

Table of Contents

Debbie Deere