Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Ink-Slinger Profiles: Joe Archibald

Joseph Stopford "Joe" Archibald was born in New Hampshire on September 2, 1898, according to his World War I draft card. In the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, he was the youngest of three children born to Alexander, a farmer, and Angeline. The Archibalds lived with Angeline's parents, the Stopfords, in Newington, New Hampshire.

Archibald has not been found in the 1910 census. The Joseph Archibald Papers are located at the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives; from the biography:

At the age of twelve, he had sold his first cartoon to Judge magazine. By the age of fifteen, he had begun his writing career with a prize-winning contribution to the Boston Post. Archibald attended Chicago Academy of Fine Arts before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I.

He attended the Academy of Fine Arts for 18 months, according to Something About the Author: Volume 3 (1972). On September 12, 1918, he signed his World War I draft card. He was still a resident of Greenland, where he was a clerk. His description was short height, medium build with blue eyes and light brown hair; from the Archibald biography:

During the war, Joseph Archibald served on a naval sub-chaser and as staff cartoonist for a service publication. After his military service, Archibald returned to New England and became a reporter for several Boston newspapers. In the 1920s, Archibald became the sports columnist and a cartoonist for the New York-based McClure Newspaper Syndicate.

Archibald has not been found in the 1920 census. In 1930, Archibald lived in Port Chester, New York at 18 Summer Street. He was a self-employed author and artist. He married Dorothy when he was 29.

According to the website Lambiek, he found work in the comic book industry. The industry publication, The Author and Journalist (Volumes 34-35, 1950) identified him as an editor of the Standard Comics Group in New York. A list of his credits can be viewed at the Grand Comics Database. Something About the Author said he was "editorial art director for Magazine Publishers, Inc., Pines Publications, and Better Publications, Inc., 1949-54."

According to the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives, "The Joseph Archibald papers [from 1962 to 1967] comprise literary manuscripts and television scripts concerning the military, specifically Vietnam and the Air Force."

Archibald passed away on March 1, 1986 in Barrington, New Hampshire.


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