Monday, September 05, 2016


Ink-Slinger Profiles by Alex Jay: Jimmy Caborn

James D. “Jimmy” Caborn was born in North Carolina on July 8, 1909. Caborn’s birthplace was noted in censuses and military records which also had his birth date.

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Caborn was ten months old and part of Swartz household which included his maternal grandparents, an uncle and two aunts. Caborn’s father was a “commercial traveler”. The status and whereabouts of Caborn’s mother, who was born in Pennsylvania, is not known.

Caborn was a resident of Fremont, Ohio in the 1920 census. His father had remarried to Josephine, an Ohio native. The head of the household was Victoria Swope, the mother of Josephine and Nellie. They all lived at 201 West State Street.

Caborn was a radio bug. The Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio), December 2, 1923, said:

James. D. Caborn, jr., of Fremont, listed seventy-five different broadcasting stations in ten days, using a single-circuit regenerative set with a WD12 tube. He received a number of stations seldom heard in northern Ohio, among them WEAE, Blacksburg, Va.; WMAF, Dartmouth, Mass.; WBT, Charlotte, N.C.; WNAV, Knoxville, Tenn.; WPAH, Waupaca, Wis.
Caborn attended and graduated from Ross High School in 1928.

The Croghan

The Caborns and Nellie resided at 212 Sandusky Avenue in Fremont, according to the 1930 census. Caborn was a freelance commercial artist. The Sandusky Register (Ohio), February 8, 1955, said Caborn “did sports cartooning for The Sandusky Register.”

American Newspaper Comics (2012) said Caborn’s Little Rodney debuted May 10, 1935. His next series was called Front Seats.

The Plain Dealer said freelance cartoonist Caborn married Lucille Platt. The couple were recorded in the 1940 census at 310 1/2 Croghan in Fremont. They were the same age and completed four years of high school. Caborn joined the Plain Dealer in 1942.

In 1943, Caborn’s son, Rodney, was born. Caborn left the Plain Dealer and enlisted in the Army on November 1, 1943.

Regarding Caborn’s Army service, the Plain Dealer said:

…after six months training he was sent to New Caledonia with the South Pacific Base Command.

He was put on the staff go the Southwest Pacific Daily News, an Army newspaper, as a cartoonist, and later was assigned to draw cartoons for the Manila Daily Pacific. After the occupation of Japan he became a cartoonist for the Stars and Stripes in Tokyo.

Discharged from the service March 18, 1946, Mr. Caborn returned to his Plain Dealer drawing board. A year later he left the paper to do free-lance work.
Caborn’s cartoons appeared in Collier’s, the Saturday Evening Post and other national magazines.

Caborn passed away February 7, 1955, in Cleveland. His death was attributed to lung cancer. At the time, he lived at 10600 Clifton Road N.W. Caborn was laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery. The last Little Rodney panel was published on February 20, 1955.

—Alex Jay


The end date of the strip Bucks McKale by E.B.Sullivan/ Sullie. I have found the strip through September 12, 1943 in the Boston Post.
A letter from Frank G. Hinman of August 5. 1943 of the Chicago Tribune to S/Stg E. B. Sullivan says he has received the Bucks McKale comics for October 10 & October 17th and that was the last ones they can use. He goes on to say they are dropping features all through the paper due to government restrictions on paper.
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