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Les Carroll Cartoons

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 10 Apr 2017

Biographical History

Les Carroll (1912-1998) was an American cartoonist. During the 1930s he was active as an animator in various cartoon studios, including Charles Mintz, Warner Brothers, the Fleischer Studios. In 1938 he began his newspaper cartoon career; strips he drew include The Tillers, Dinah, and Life with the Rimples. In addition to his own strips, Carroll assisted Abe Martin on his Boots and her Buddies, which he took over after Martin's death in 1960. Carroll continued Boots as a Sunday comic until October 1968, accompanied by the toppers Babe 'n' Horace (1960-1961), Boots Cut-Outs and The Gooneys (1965-1968). Carroll also worked on Alley Oop and Our Boarding House, and with on Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs in the 1980s.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Les Carroll Cartoons consists of original artwork for the strips Babe 'n' Horace, Boots Fashion Show, Patterns, Boots, and The Gooneys, which were distributed by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by title, and within that chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

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


Caroll, Les.

Associated Titles

Babe 'n' Horace (comic strip)
Boots (comic strip)
Boots Fashion Show (comic strip)
Patterns (comic strip)
The Gooneys (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:

Les Carroll Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Newspaper Enterprise Association, Inc. (NEA), 1967-1968.

Table of Contents

Babe 'n' Horace