Cole, John Ralph
- Robert C. Harvey
Cole, John Ralph (14 December 1914–13 August 1958), cartoonist, known as “Jack Cole,” was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, the son of DeLace Cole, a dry goods salesman and amateur song-and-dance man, and Cora Belle Cooper Cole, formerly an elementary schoolteacher. The third of six children, Jack at age fifteen enrolled in the Charles N. Landon correspondence school of cartooning, paying for it with his lunch money. Not a sedentary youth, he spent his summers during his high school years hiking and canoeing. Between his junior and senior years he bicycled to California for the 1932 Olympic Games, a 7,000-mile round trip that he described in an article he illustrated for ...