Friday, February 24, 2012
Ink-Slinger Profiles: Bill Chase
William Charles Chase was born in Brinkley, Arkansas on July 20, 1910. His birthplace was named at Salute to Pioneering Cartoonists of Color. His birthdate was recorded at the California Death Index and U.S. Veterans Gravesites, both at Ancestry.com. Information on his childhood has not been found.
Chase has not been found in the 1920 and 1930 U.S. Federal Censuses. The date of his move to New York City is not known. Artprice.com said he was a "graphic artist", who studied at Howard University, and exhibited in the Harmon Foundation's 1933 show. The Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Volume 1 (2004) has an article on the Harmon traveling exhibition.
Dark Laughter: The Satiric Art of Oliver W. Harrington (1993) named Chase as an art director and cartoonist at the New York Amsterdam News Magazine.
A sample of his Pee Wee strip is here. A passenger list at Ancestry.com recorded Chase's voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Aboard the S.S. Paris, he sailed, on August 28, 1936, from Southampton, England. He arrived in New York City, September 4. His date and place of birth was "July/20/1911 Brinkley, Ark." and his address was "208 W. 149th Str — N.Y.C.", which was in Harlem. Presumably he spent time in Europe. One of his sports cartoons is here and an editorial cartoon is here.
Some time after the war, Chase moved to San Francisco, California, where he passed away on March 1, 1956. The Plaindealer (Kansas) published news of his death March 9, 1956.
Chase was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, attended Howard University and Traphagen School of Deign in New York.
He was well known as a cartoonist and formerly served as society editor of the Amsterdam News in New York City, where he lived for a time.
He became editor of the Independent in January, 1955.
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