Myron Waldman was born on April 23, 1908, in Brooklyn, New York, according to his World War II draft card. His father, Barney Waldman, was a Russian emigrant, and his mother, Rebecca Lipman, was a German emigrant.
In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Waldman was the youngest of four brothers. They lived with their parents and maternal grandmother at 1251 50 Street in Brooklyn. That was their home over the next 25 years or so.
A Florida passenger list at Ancestry.com listed Waldman on the S.S. Florida which departed Havana, Cuba on March 11, 1937 and arrived in Miami the next day.
According to the 1940 census, Waldman lived with his parents in Miami, Florida at 2326 21st Avenue. In 1939 he earned $5,800.
On October 16, 1940 Waldman signed his World War II draft card. His description was five feet five inches, 160 pounds, with hazel eyes and brown hair. Waldman’s employer was Fleischer Studios.
The Brooklyn Eagle
, March 7, 1942, said “It is Brooklyn talent that is on display at the N. Y. Paramount Theater. ... And on the screen is ‘Superman,’ animated by Myron (Mike) Waldman, former cartoonist for the New Utrecht H.S. publication, ‘Nuhs.’”
in the Army Corps of Engineers on October 12, 1942. His Department of Veterans Affairs file, at Ancestry.com, said he was discharged on October 12, 1946.
(Freeport, New York), May 6, 1948, reported Waldman’s engagement to Rosalie Socolov.
Mr. and Mrs. Max Socolov, 26 Miller ave., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Rosalie Socolov, to Myron Waldman, son of Mrs. Rebecca Waldman, 3 East 66th st., Manhattan.
Miss Socolov was graduated from Freeport High School in 1941 and studied art at Hunter College. During the war she served as a Red Cross Gray Lady and assisted in the work of the United Service Organizations in entertaining soldiers. She is a member of the Young Folks League of Temple B’nai Israel and the South Shore Junior Hadassah as well as the St. Margaret Singers.
Mr. Waldman is a graduate of New Utrecht High School, Brooklyn, and the School of Applied Arts, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Both Mr. Waldman and his fiancee are employed at the Paramount, Animated Cartoon Studio, Manhattan, the former as one of the head animaters [sic] and the latter as an inspector of scenes. She has been associated with Paramount for five years. Mr. Waldman also, is a cartoonist with the New York Post and the originator of the strip, Happy the Humbug. He has appeared on the radio, in television and on the stage. He served for three years in the Army during the war first in a camouflage unit and later in a photography unit with Frank Kapper.
American Newspaper Comics
(2012) said Waldman drew Happy the Humbug
which was written by Steve Carlin
. The New York Post Syndicate strip ran from November 17, 1946 to April 3, 1949. The Eagle
and New York Post
mentioned Waldman and Carlin’s appearances at local theaters to promote Happy the Humbug
. Below is a RKO advertisement from the Star-Journal
(Long Island City, New York), March 24, 1947.
Waldman’s animation career is covered in great detail and illustrated with several photographs at Cartoon Research
Further Reading and Viewing
Editor and Publisher
, October 5, 1946: The New York Post Syndicate has scheduled tor Nov. 17 release “Happy the Humbug
,” by Steve Carlin and Myron Waldman ...
Animato! #22, Winter 1992, Reminiscing with Myron Waldman
The New York Times
, February 6, 2006, obituary
The Bulletin of the National Retail Dry Goods Association
, August 1944, Happy the Humbug
pre-comic strip advertisement
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