Lubbock's Comics Connections: Jack Tippit

It’s been quite a while since I wrote anything on our semi-regular series on current and former Lubbockites who’ve worked in comics, cartooning, and animation. Today, let’s take a look at Jack Tippit.


Jack Tippit was a syndicated cartoonist whose work included the comic strips “Henry” and “Amy.” He also drew the comic strip “Dr. Bill” and a weekly panel called “Family Flak.”


He was born in 1923 and attended Texas Tech before transferring to Syracuse University, where he got his degree in Fine Arts. During World War II, he served in the Air Force for four years, doing 46 combat missions as a B-24 pilot in the Southwest Pacific. During the Korean War, he also served as a jet pilot.
His cartoons appeared over a 30-year span in magazines including The New Yorker, Ladies’ Home Journal, Look and The Saturday Evening Post.


Tippit helped found the Museum of Cartoon Art in 1974 and was its first director, serving until 1979. He also served on the National Cartoonists Society Board of Governors and was its general membership chairman, first vice president and president. He died in 1994 at the age of 70.

I understand at least some of his family members may still live in Lubbock.

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  1. Mike Lynch Said,

    July 22, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

    Thanks for this. I just posted a blog entry about Mort Walker and his Museum for Cartoon Art circa 1978. There’s a great photo of Mr. Walker and Jack Tippitt sliding down the banister.

    More here:

  2. Will Terrell Said,

    July 26, 2009 @ 11:49 pm

    I ran into Scott Williams at Comic-con on preview night but didn’t get a chance to talk to him any about Lubbock. I kept coming back but there was always one or two people keeping him tied up, and I never got a chance to make it back to his table. 🙁

  3. Scott Slemmons Said,

    July 27, 2009 @ 12:21 am

    Dang! He’s one of the few comic-making Lubbockites I’ve never managed to find any real biographical material about.