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Henry Formhals Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

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Date: 1967

Biographical History

Henry Martin Formhals (1908-1981) was an American cartoonist. Beginning in 1935, he served as assistant on Merrill Blosser's newspaper comic strip Freckles and His Friends. Formhals' name officially appeared on the strip in the mid 1960s (March 21, 1966), and he continued to work on it until the end of its run in 1971. Over the course of his career, Formhals also worked on the Joe Jinks strip (1946-1953) and assisted on Charlie Plumb's Ella Cinders.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Henry Formhals Cartoons collection contains original daily (1966-1967) and Sunday (1967-1968) cartoons from the newspaper comic strip Freckles and His Friends. Sunday versions of the strip include the companion title Hector. Daily cartoon: blue pencil, traces of graphite, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 6 x 17 ΒΌ in. Sunday cartoon: blue pencil, traces of graphite, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 19 x 26 in.

Arrangement of the Collection

Daily and Sunday strips are housed separately in chronological order.


Access Restrictions:

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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

See the Merrill Blosser Cartoons for additional material related to Freckles and His Friends. Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred other cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Formhals, Henry Martin, 1908-1981.

Corporate Bodies

Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Associated Titles

Freckles and His Friends (comic strip)
Hector (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:

Henry Formhals Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Freckles and His Friends