The Belvedere Story

Belvedere One Man Band

Belvedere One Man Band

Belvedere is a single panel comic strip created by George Webster Crenshaw which ran from 1962 to 1995. The star of the strip is a white dog with black spots. As of at least 2009, reprints of the strip were distributed by Johansen International Features.

Belvedere began his illustrious career in the early sixties when his creator, former Disney and MGM animator, George Crenshaw transferred his talents from live cartoons to the wonderful world of gag cartooning.

Belvedere became an instant success with the public and was picked up by many major syndicates including King Features.

George Crenshaw’s brilliant cartooning skills coupled with his ability to bring Belvedere “to life” with every-day laughable, real-life occurrences enables the pooch to live on to this day and longer.

At its peak Belvedere was syndicated to over 300 newspapers in 13 countries.

George sold Belvedere and its international copyright and property to Johansen International Features of Adelaide, South Australia, where Belvedere continues to be published in newspapers across the globe.

Currently available in panel cartoon form Belvedere can be used in the regular comic strip section as a daily entrant or can be specialised to enhance a weekly feature, such as a sport feature, dine-out segment or travel story.

Some overseas papers whom subscribed to Belvedere are:

  • Sheffield Star in England;
  • Pacific Stars and Stripes, USA;
  • Charlotte Observer, USA;
  • Houston Chronicle, USA;
  • Le Nouvelliste, Canada;
  • Chicago Sun-Times USA;
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch USA;
  • Buloke Times, Australia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Characters and Story

Belvedere is one of three pets who belong to a married couple, Orville and Emma. The others are Jezebel, a cat, and Chi-Chi, a talking bird. Belvedere never talks, but he is very intelligent and somehow makes his thoughts and desires known. He is very spoiled and causes lots of problems for his family, the dogcatcher, and the butcher. Belvedere also makes trouble for the local museum (which displays dinosaur bones), and the veterinarian.

Al Wiseman, who co-wrote the Dennis the Menace comic book based on the daily comic strip (on which Crenshaw worked at one time), also contributed to the Belvedere strip.

Books

Crenshaw’s books include Belvedere & Friend (1982), All Dogs Must Be on Leash (1982), The Odds Are (1982), Now Just One Minute! (1983) Don’t Push Your Luck (1984), Purpose of Loan: One Carload of Crunchie-Munchies, Hot Dog! (1987), Flapjacks (1990), Beware … Obedience School Dropout (1991), How Was That for a Karate Chop? (1991), I Said I’m Not Ready to Get Up Yet (1991), Next Time I’ll Pack the Food (1991) and Bone Pie (1992).

Crenshaw used the pseudonym Nat Greenwood on some books, including Belvedere (1965) and Belvedere: A Pooch Full of Tricks (1975).

George Crenshaw

George Webster Crenshaw (23 October 1917 Los Angeles California, USA-6 September 2007 Sequim, Clallam, Washington, USA )(Son of Charles Robert Lafayette Crenshaw and Alpha A. Allen) (Interment: Tahoma National Cemetery Plot: Sec 26 Site 1622 Kent, King, Washington, USA) (Find A Grave Memorial# 37453737)(m. Eleanor Louise Arge){ and they had Two Issues Marilyn Louise Crenshaw 05 Apr 1955 Monterey, California, USA and Thomas L. Crenshaw 07 Apr 1958 Los Angeles, California, USA) (Mrs. Crenshaw Divorced 7 Apr 1968 Reno, Nevada) ( Then he m. 07 Mar 1980 Reno Nevada Betty Jean Sedam 1929-1992 former wife of Richard B. Chapeta No Issues ) went to UCLA and Harvard. He was an animator for Walt Disney, having worked on Fantasia, Pinocchio, and Donald Duck cartoons, as well as MGM Tom and Jerry shorts and Speaking of Animals for Paramount.

Crenshaw created the comic strips The Muffins (1956), Gumdrop (1960s), Nubbin (1958–1969), McGirk’s Works (1959), Simpkins (1971) and Nerdly in addition to Belvedere. His work has appeared in such publications as The  Enquirer, The New Yorker, Woman’s World and Reader’s Digest. As a comic book artist, he drew Woody Woodpecker, Bugs Bunny and Disney characters.

The Belvedere range in the library is vast and can be supplied ready for publication via monthly email. Fees start at only $10 per week.

The original cartoon panels are held by Johansen International and available for purchase starting at $199 for unsigned to $499 signed (limited stock as George Crenshaw is now deceased).

Simply contact us at:
kurt@johanseninternational.com.au

PS: Quite simply, George Crenshaw was a doyen of cartooning and we are absolutely delighted and privileged to be able to bring to you a collection of his original artwork.