Thursday, November 06, 2014
Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Clark S. Haas
The 1930 census recorded Haas in Omaha at 1140 Turner Boulevard. His artistic talent was reported in the World-Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), September 2, 1934.
Clark S. Haas, jr., 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clark S. Haas, South Turner boulevard, is attaining fame as a cartoonist, though he has had no training along this line.
Last week when Arthur B. Dunbar, president of the Nebraska Association of Insurance agents, entertained officers of the association at an informal stag dinner at his home [and] much of the success of the dinner was due to Clark, jr.’s efforts.
…Clark, jr., with just a gift for cartooning reproduced each to the life, although he knew not a one of them, from information gained a bit at a time from Mrs. Dunbar.Haas attended Central High School and, in the 1937 yearbook, he was in the Cadet Officers’ Club as Second Lieutenant of Company E.
According to the 1940 census, Haas continued to live with his parents in Omaha at the same address. Haas’s occupation was artist. The 1940 and 1941 Omaha city directories said he was an artist with “WPCo.”
The World-Herald, February 11, 1944, reported Haas’s recovery, from an unnamed illness, in Florida: “Mrs. Clark S. Haas and her son, Clark S. Haas, jr., will stay another two months at Hollywood, Fla….Mr. Haas, jr., who has been ill for the last year, is rapidly recovering, goes swimming every day and spends considerable time on the beaches.”
On May 22, 1944, Haas married Hilda Christianson in Omaha. The next day, the World-Herald said: “…Mr. and Mrs. Haas have gone to Texas where Mr. Haas will resume his position as flight instructor for the army at Garner field near Uvalde…”
The 1947 Clearwater, Florida, city directory, listed Haas as a cartoonist residing at 1160 1/2 Grove.
In American Newspaper Comics (2012), Albert Becattini said Haas ghosted the Tim Tyler’s Luck dailies from November 5, 1945 to August 30, 1947, and the Sundays from January 13, 1946 to August 24, 1947. Haas produced the weekly strip, Sunnyside, for the Western Newspaper Union syndicate, from May 6, 1948 to March 29, 1952.
In 1959 Haas moved in the animation field starting with Clutch Cargo, which was produced by his company, Cambria Studios, in Los Angeles, California. Haas continued his work with Hanna-Barbera.
Haas passed away January 18, 1978, in Los Angeles.
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Additional information about Haas can be found in a post I did on him on my blog last year.