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Otto Soglow Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1994-02-03

Biographical History

Although best known for creating the rotund cartoon character Little King, Otto Soglow was never happy as a cartoonist. Born in Yorkville, New York to a house painter and a cook, he dropped out of high school to pursue his major ambition of acting on Broadway and in Hollywood.

He supported himself through a variety of jobs from errand boy and dishwasher to commercial illustrator. Once he entered the art field, employment was more certain and Soglow expanded his repertoire to magazine illustration. The Little King, a character the artist always claimed "just happened," made a brief appearance in the New Yorker, then became a regular feature and was eventually syndicated by King Features in close to 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad.

Soglow was an organizer of the National Cartoonists Society, served as its president, and received the Society's Founder's Medal in 1966.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Otto Soglow Cartoons collection contains 15 original cartoons from the newspaper comic strip The Little King (1954-1962) and 13 original magazine cartoon panels (most were published in The New Yorker ) (1945-1966).

Arrangement of the Collection

Cartoons are arranged by type 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

Clippings of Ambassador and Little King are located in the Vernon Greene Papers.

Special Collections Research Center has collections of more than 150 cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Soglow, Otto, 1900-1975.

Corporate Bodies

King Features Syndicate.

Associated Titles

Little king (comic strip)
New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)


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:

Otto Soglow Cartoons
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

The Little King cartoons

Magazine cartoons