Frank Buck confers with commercial artist Glen Cravath. Original Cravath artwork for Jungle Menace.
Born May 11, 1897, Cravath started as an illustrator for the New York
Journal in the 1920's. He worked for King Features Syndicates as a comic
illustrator and did Sunday Frank Buck comics for the New York Journal. In
1928 he began to freelance for movie studios, among them RKO and Columbia. His last
published work was The Unforgiven with Burt Lancaster in 1960. He died in
January 1964, leaving his house and collection (containing copies of his
published work) to his son Douglas (1918-2002). Douglas, in turn, kept his
father's collection intact until his own death in August 2002, leaving no heirs.
Because almost none of his artwork was ever sold, Cravath is a relatively little
known artist today.
Frank Buck probably only knew Cravath professionally and did not mention him in Buck's autobiography, All in a Lifetime (1941).