‘Farley’/’The Elderberries’ Cartoonist Phil Frank Dies at 64

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By: E&P Staff

Cartoonist Phil Frank died Wednesday night after suffering from a brain tumor for several months, reported Alan Gardner this afternoon on his Daily Cartoonist blog. He was 64.

Frank’s local “Farley” comic ended in the San Francisco Chronicle just this past Friday. The cartoonist had also ended his involvement with “The Elderberries” strip, which is now done for Universal Press Syndicate by Corey Pandolph.

“Farley” started as the syndicated “Travels With Farley” in 1975 before Frank turned it into a local Chronicle strip 10 years later. The title character in the comic — which included political commentary — was a newspaper reporter and occasional park ranger.

“The Elderberries,” syndicated by Universal since late 2004, is about a quintet of senior citizens living together in a retirement community. Frank originally co-created that comic with Joe Troise.

Frank — a Pittsburgh native — was a longtime resident of Sausalito, Calif., at the time of his death. He served as president of the Sausalito Historical Society for many years, and a historical research center in Sausalito City Hall was named for him this July, according to an obituary in the Chronicle, which ran “Farley Classics” during the months Frank was ill.

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