A YouTube video featuring Dad's cute cartoons on Zazzle products can be seen here.
Lloyd Hutchinson at work. PHOTO: Bobby Hundreds
Lloyd Hutchinson (pen name “Sam Lloyd”) was a prolific cartoonist noted for his distinctive drawing style and quirky humor. Born in Maryville, Missouri in 1924, he grew up on a farm outside of Graham, Missouri (population 200).
Lloyd drew his first cartoon at age four, impressing his parents and teacher. He continued drawing throughout his school days (in a one-room schoolhouse) and contributed cartoons to magazines such as Boys Life, Open Road for Boys and Tip-Top Comics.
After graduating from high school, he studied art at Northwest Missouri State Teachers’ College (now Northwest Missouri State University).
From the Navy to Hollywood...
In Hollywood, Lloyd Hutchinson was
among the first actors on television
in 1947. PHOTO: Bobby Hundreds
In 1943 Lloyd was drafted into the Navy and served three years in the Pacific (Solomon Islands) during World War II, earning an American Area Citation, Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. Upon his discharge, he decided to try his hand at acting and modeling, and headed for Hollywood. He became one of the first actors on TV in 1947 and was featured in ads in Life, Cosmopolitan, and Redbook magazines. However, disliking Shakespeare, he decided to switch his G.I. bill schooling to cartooning.
Lloyd studied at the Jefferson Machamer School of Cartooning in Santa Monica, then transferred to the Cartoonists and Illustrators School in New York City. Realizing the importance of good joke writing in cartoons, he returned to Los Angeles to study at the Hollywood School of Comedy Writing. He sold many cartoons to top magazines, such as The Saturday Evening Post.
Winning a Contest put Lloyd on the map!
Hutchinson's contest award-winning 'Parky the Kangaroo'
original drawing. Copyright 1952-present. All rights reserved.
In 1952 Lloyd won (out of 450 entries) a Clean-up Cartoon Contest sponsored by the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. His entry, “Parky the Kangaroo” featured a kangaroo picking up litter with a stick. (See Lloyd’s original prize-winning drawing to the left).
A graphic artist’s re-interpretation of Parky was put on decals on trash cans in parks and on beaches in 275 American cities. Parky’s fame spread to Canada and Australia as well. Every piece of mail leaving Los Angeles’ Terminal Annex Post Office carried Parky’s imprimatur, as well as every Department of Water and Power truck and L.A. city vehicle. At the height of Parky’s popularity, live kangaroos were even brought into classrooms to spread the anti-littering message!
In 2009 Lloyd revised the character and added a baby kangaroo to Parky’s pouch. The new characters are called “Parky & Joey” and have a new slogan (“Don’t Trash Your Parks, Park Your Trash” ™), written by his daughter, Stephanie. (See details and more images under the "Parky" tab.)
Lloyd also illustrated many films for corporate and educational projects. In 2001 the Corona Public Library hosted an exhibit featuring his published cartoons related to sales and motivation.
In 2008, Bing Bang Boom Publishing published BINGO BANDWAGON, 230 ORIGINAL CARTOONS, a collection of some of Lloyd's very funny work. Knowledge of Bingo is not necessary to appreciate the book, as it essentially deals with human nature. Even so, Bingo fans and enthusiasts rave over it! Lloyd's book signings include the Corona Public Library, Norco Library, and Lake Elsinore Library, among other venues.
Featured on The Hundreds blog on August 12, 2009, a YouTube video of Lloyd spontaneously drawing a giraffe for Bobby Hundreds captures a fun, inside glimpse into his unique creative process.
Lloyd resided in Southern California. His first wife, Stella, passed away in 1988. Their daughter, Stephanie, is a playwright/composer/lyricist/pianist. See StephanieHutchinson.com.
Lloyd also enjoyed singing "the old hymns" as solos in churches, accompanied by Stephanie.
Reflecting on his work, Lloyd said, “My endeavor has been to make the world a happier place through my cartoons and humor."