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Short Ribs Cartoonist O’Neal Dies

October 11, 1986

PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (AP) _ Frank E. O’Neal, former cartoonist for the comic strip ″Short Ribs,″ which appeared in more than 800 newspapers, has died at the age of 64.

O’Neal, who died Friday, began the strip in November 1958 as a gag a day with a wide selection of characters. It was syndicated by the Newspaper Enterprise Association Inc. and reprinted in a Dell Comics book and a Gold Medal pocketbook.

″Satisfaction is probably an unhealthy disease, but just the same, I do enjoy my job and I hope to be fortunate enough to keep enough readers entertained to sustain ‘Short Ribs’ for years to come,″ O’Neal wrote in 1961. ″Laughter is a precious thing these days.″

In 1964 he received the Cartoonist of the Year Award in New York City.

The strip was turned over to cartoonist Frank Hill in 1973 and O’Neal began drawing for advertising.

O’Neal, a native of Springfield, Mo., began studying art in 1948 at the Jefferson Machamer School of Art in Santa Monica and his first magazine cartoon was told to the Saturday Evening Post in December 1950.

He is survived by two children and four grandchildren.

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