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Dave Gerard Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MD
Date: 17 Dec 2008

Biographical History

David Charles Gerard (1909-2003) was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Will-Yum and others.

Dave Gerard lived and worked most of his life in his home town of Crawfordsville, Indiana. Born there on June 18, 1909, Gerard graduated from local Wabash College in 1931 and that year his first cartoon appeared in Judge. After a few brief years in New York City during the Depression, he made his way back to Crawfordsville around 1934. Gerard's early career was spent largely as a magazine gag cartoonist and advertising illustrator. During the 1940s and 1950s, his cartoons appeared widely in national publications, including Collier's and the Saturday Evening Post.

In 1953, Gerard signed a contract with the National Newspaper Syndicate to produce a panel strip, Viewpoint (1949-1953). Probably his best known work, the newspaper strip Will-Yum began to appear in 1953 and ran through 1967 and was also published in England, Denmark, Australia and Finland. (Dell Publications issued a comic book adaptation of the strip from 1956-1958). Gerard took inspiration from his own children and the children of neighbors and others he knew. Gerard continued to create new strips for the remainder of his career, producing the daily comic strip City Hall for the National Newspaper Syndicate (1967-1984), and Citizen Smith for the Register and Tribune Syndicate (1967-1984).

Gerard's regional identity was an important aspect of his work and is reflected in his affiliation with the Sugar Crick Art School—a loose grouping of Crawfordsville-area artists that included the famous cartoonist Bill Holman. Gerard was also civically active, serving on the Crawfordsville city council and also as mayor from 1972 to 1975. Dave Gerard semi-retired in 1984 and died on August 31, 2003.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dave Gerard Cartoons contains original cartoons from the comic strip Will-Yum and the one-panel gag cartoons Citizen Smith and Viewpoint. There are also some untitled cartoons, some notated with the client and some not. Most are black-and-white ink drawings but some are hand-colored.

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are in alphabetical order by title.


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Use Restrictions:

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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


Gerard, Dave.

Associated Titles

Citizen Smith (comic strip)
Viewpoint (comic strip)
Will-yum (comic strip)


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

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Dave Gerard Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dave Gerard, 1968.

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