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Robert Lee Thaves (1924 - 2006)

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Robert Lee (Bob) Thaves
Born in Burt, Kossuth County, Iowamap
Son of and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Torrance, Los Angeles County, Californiamap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Nov 2016
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Bob Thaves was a syndicated cartoonist, most well-known for the comic strip, "Frank and Ernest," which was published in as many as 1,300 newspapers. Frank and Ernest was the first newspaper cartoon to run in a strip format, the first comic strip to use block lettering, the first to use comic-book style digital coloring for the Sunday pages, and one of the first to have a web site, in 1997.

If memory serves, Bob Thaves made (at least) one appearance -- telephone interview -- on the public radio show "What D'Ya Know," hosted by Michael Feldman. In 2017, this show is no longer being broadcast on my local National Public Radio station. There might well be an remaining extant web site for this show [not researched].

Bob earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Bob was reported to have died of respiratory failure at the Little Company of Mary Hospital, Torrance, California


  • Some versions of the Associated Press obituary included Bob's wife, Katie (maiden name unknown) as part of the surviving family, along with his daughter, Sara Thaves, and his son, Tom Thaves, (who continues to published the syndicated comic strip after Bob's passing).


  • There is an entry for Bob Thaves in Wikipedia.
  • Thaves-10 is included in FindAGrave (shown as "Bob Thaves" (sic) at Memorial #15149046 (reliability unknown)
  • Winchester (Virginia) Star (10 August 2006) "'Frank and Ernest' comic strip creator Bob Thaves dies," p. A2 [Note: This was an Associated Press article and various versions of his obituary were widely published.]
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  • "Bob Thaves, 81, Comic Strip Artist," New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]11 Aug 2006: p. B7
  • Porterville (California) Recorder, 10 August 2006, p. 10A
  • Thaves, Bob, American National Biography Online, Dennis Wepman (editor),

Oxford University Press 2010. [not consulted]

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