Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Ink-Slinger Profiles: Ed Moore

Edward McDowell Moore Jr. was born in Maryland on June 7, 1918. His birthplace was identified in the census, and his birth date was recorded at the Social Security Death Index.

In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census, he was the youngest of two children born to Edward and Virginia. His father was a farmer, and they lived in Dublin, Maryland. Information about his education and early art training has not been found.

Moore has not been found in the 1930 census. In Dick Tracy and American Culture (2003), Garyn G. Roberts wrote: “In the early 1930s, Jack Ryan, along with Ed Moore, assisted Norman Marsh on Dan Dunn, a comic strip which debuted on September 25, 1933…” American Newspaper Comics (2012) noted that he was an assistant from 1937 to 1938. At the time, Marsh lived in Evanston, Illinois. 
In a 1948 letter to Ron Goulart, Moore said he assisted on Don Wilson in 1938. 

Who’s Who of American Comic Books 1928–1999 said he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. According to AOPA Pilot, a section within Flying Magazine, January 1958, Moore started flying in Chicago in 1940.

The 1940 census recorded Moore in Jacksonville, Florida, at 3225 Herschel Street. The cartoonist, who had four years of high school, was staying with his sister and her family. In 1935 he had resided in Lanesville, Ohio. During the war, AOPA Pilot said: “…Moore was a U.S. Army bomber pilot during World War II. He flew more than 50 missions in B-17’s and B-29’s in the European Theater, participating in the costly air raids over the Rumanian oil fields. He was a captain when he left the service.”

He was a prize winner in an AOPA contest which was reported by AOPA Pilot.

Edward M. Moore (AOPA 154448), 39year-old Westport, Conn., cartoonist and a new AOPA member, won the Champion Tri-Traveler aircraft for submitting the best letter giving his reasons for joining AOPA….

Moore and Clark received their awards at a special ceremony Nov. 8, held at the Butler Aviation Hangar No. 9 at Washington National Airport, Washington.

The Champion Tri-Traveler was presented to Moore by J.B. Hartranft, Jr., AOPA president. Representing Champion Aircraft Corp., Osceola, Wis., was Woodfin Coche (AOPA 76823), of Detroit, Mich., Champion's regional sales manager….

Following the presentation, the two contest winners and a small group of guests attended an informal reception and dinner in the “Cloud Room” at Washington National Airport as AOPA’s guests. Hartranft acted as master of ceremonies….

...The AOPA’er expects to take up flying again—this time for pleasure, now that he has an airplane of his own. The little flying he has done since the war has been in a Culver B, Beech Bonanza and Luscombe. The cartoonist started flying in Chicago in 1940. He is married and the father of a four-year-old daughter, Katherine. Mrs. Moore attended the Washington National ceremonies with her husband.

Moore’s 1955 letter to Ron Goulart said he assisted Dick Brooks on the Jackson Twins, and married in 1950. He also produced work for several comic book publishers; those credits are here.

Moore passed away November 5, 2004, in Florida, according to the Social Security Death Index.


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