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Cullen Murphy Cartoon County

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In the 1950s and ’60s, many of the artists who were creating comics like Beetle Bailey and Popeye were residents of Fairfield County. The towns of Westport, Stamford, Greenwich, and New Canaan were home to cartoonists and illustrators such as Mort Walker, Bud Sagendorf, Stan Drake, Dik Browne, and Charles Saxon. John Cullen Murphy, the artist behind Big Ben Bolt and Prince Valiant, stood at the center of this colorful mélange. In his new book Cartoon County, Murphy's son, Cullen -- editor at large of Vanity Fair and former managing editor of The Atlantic -- offers up a loving history and tribute to his father, the artists who were his friends and peers, and the enduring work they created together.