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Bradbury, Animator/Comic Book Artist Dead at 89

Jack Bradbury, animator/comic book artist best known for his work with Walt Disney's characters in both media, died of kidney failure at a nursing home in Sylmar, California, May 15, 2004, at the age of 89, it was reported in the LOS ANGELES TIMES.

A native of Seattle, he started at Disney in the mid-1930s and worked his way up to a full animator position, working on such famous shorts as Ferdinand the Bull and on memorable features, including FANTASIA, BAMBI and PINOCCHIO.

In 1942, Bradbury moved over to Warner Bros. where he contributed animation on Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat and other characters. There he also became interested in drawing comic books.

Bradbury stopped animating after World War II and turned full time to comics, working on the HA HA, GIGGLE and COO COO titles. Among his stable of characters were Tuffy the Cat, Bagshaw Bear and Humphrey Hummingbird.

About 1947, Western Publishing hired him to do artwork for Disney comic books, which he continued until he retired in 1978 due to failing eyesight. At Western he worked chiefly on Disney characters, he also did some stories with Warner Bros. characters as well as Walter Lantz creations. Much of Bradbury's work appeared in Little Golden Books.

Bradbury is survived by his wife, Mary Jim, of Santa Clarita; sons Jack, Michael and Joel; stepsons Robert and Tim Karp; nine grandchildren and step-grandchildren.