Bil Keane, whose “Family Circus” comic strip entertained newspaper readers for more than half a century, died on Tuesday at the age of 89.
Keane, who was born in Philadelphia in 1922, taught himself to draw in high school. He worked as a messenger for the Philadelphia Bulletin before serving three years in the Army, where drew cartoons for Yank and Pacific Stars and Stripes.
Keane’s World War II cartoons took the point of the view of the common soldier. His work was featured in the National Constitution Center’s feature exhibition Art of the American Soldier, which also included this video interview with the beloved cartoonist.