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Crane, Royston Campbelllocked

(22 November 1901–07 July 1977)
  • Robert C. Harvey

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Crane, Royston Campbell (22 November 1901–07 July 1977), cartoonist, was born in Abilene, Texas, and raised in Sweetwater, forty miles west, the son of Royston Crane, an attorney, and Mamie Douthit. After graduating from high school in 1918, Crane entered Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, transferring to the University of Texas at Austin the next year. In 1920 he went to the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where he met a fellow Texan, Leslie Turner, with whom, after only six months of classes, he returned to Texas, hopping freight trains and riding the rails throughout the Southwest for a season—an adventure that Crane would recall later in his most celebrated comic strip, ...

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