George L. Fett

From Ohio History Central

George Leonard Fett was a prominent cartoonist from Cleveland, Ohio.

Fett was born on July 7, 1920. His parents were Hungarian immigrants, who settled in Cleveland. In 1938, Fett graduated from Collinwood High School in Cleveland, and he enrolled in the Cleveland School of Art, graduating in 1941. Fett soon joined the United States Merchant Marine. He remained in the Merchant Marine for much of World War II. Upon leaving the service, Fett attended the Colorado School of Art.

Fett eventually returned to Cleveland, where he became an engineer. In 1961, he embarked upon a career as a cartoonist. "Sniffy" his first syndicated strip, began publication on June 29, 1964. The strip originally starred the character Sniffy, a dog, which Fett modeled after his own beagle. Over time, Fett added additional characters, which were also based on animals that Fett knew. As new characters joined the comic, the strip was renamed "Little No-No and Sniffy" in 1970 and "Norbert" in 1973. The comic never gained acclaim in the United States of America, but he was especially well received in Japan and Australia. Fett drew the comic until he retired on January 2, 1982. Cartoonist Dick Cavalli then drew the comic until September 26, 1983, when production of the strip ended.

Upon retiring as a cartoonist, Fett became a painter. His works were never shown publicly. He died on November 6, 1989.

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