By: Dave Astor
Jud Hurd, a cartoonist and longtime editor of “Cartoonist Profiles” magazine, died Sept. 14 of pneumonia. He was 92.
The Westport, Conn., resident had previously suffered a stroke in May. “He had a very difficult four months, but he never complained,” his widow, Claudia Hurd, told E&P Online Monday.
Jud founded “Cartoonist Profiles” in 1969 after editing the National Cartoonists Society’s (NCS) newsletter for several years. Claudia said Jud was able to work on the just-published issue of “Cartoonist Profiles.” There will be no more issues after that.
In 2004, Andrews McMeel Publishing released a book by Hurd called “Cartoon Success Secrets: A Tribute to 35 Years of Cartoonist Profiles.” The 350-page hardcover included stories and interviews from the quarterly magazine, autobiographical material, and Hurd’s personal recollections of cartoon legends such as Walt Disney, Rube Goldberg, Harold Gray (“Little Orphan Annie”), George Herriman (“Krazy Kat”), and E.C. Segar (“Popeye”).
From 1961 to 2002, Hurd collaborated with Dr. Michael Petti on the United Media-distributed “Health Capsules” comic (now done by Bron Smith).
Hurd began his cartooning career in 1936 at an animation studio, and soon started doing the “Just Hurd in Hollywood” strip. (The cartoonist’s real first name was Justin.) For that syndicated comic, Hurd interviewed stars such as John Barrymore, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Lana Turner, and John Wayne.
After the “Hollywood” feature ended, Hurd did political cartoons, corporate and advertising art, the stock-market-themed “Ticker Toons” comic, and more.
“Jud Hurd was just an incredible asset and resource for the cartooning community,” said comics historian, “Hi and Lois” writer, and NCS Connecticut Chapter chair Brian Walker, when reached by E&P Online. “This was not only because of his magazine but because of his whole lifetime of experience and dedication to cartooning. And he was a great guy. There wasn’t one person in the world who didn’t like him.”
Claudia Hurd, who was married to Jud for 58 years, concluded: “He lived a full life. He enjoyed his work. What more could a person want?”