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Frank O'Neal Cartoons

An inventory of his cartoons at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: EF
Date: 29 May 1968

Biographical History

Frank O'Neal (1921-1986) was an American cartoonist and creator of the newspaper comic strip Short Ribs.

Born in Springfield, Missouri, O'Neal did not begin formal art training until after service in World War II, studying for three years with the cartoonist Jefferson Machamer. After an early freelance career that included work as a television story-board artist, O'Neal signed with NEA in 1958 to produce Short Ribs. A Sunday version was added in 1959. O'Neal worked on the strip for many years, eventually leaving it in 1973 to pursue a career in commercial art and advertising. Frank O'Neal was honored by the National Cartoonists Society with its Newspaper Humor Strip award in 1964.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frank O'Neal Cartoons collection contains original daily and Sunday cartoons from the comic strip Short Ribs (1966-1968). Daily cartoon: brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 5 1/2 x 23 in. Sunday cartoon: opaque white, brush, pen and ink on illustration board, approx. 17 3/4 x 25 1/2 in.

Arrangement of the Collection

Daily and Sunday cartoons are arranged separately in chronological order.


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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has collections of over one hundred cartoonists. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


O’Neal, Frank E., 1921-

Corporate Bodies

Newspaper Enterprise Association.

Associated Titles

Short ribs (comic strip)


American wit and humor, Pictorial.
Caricatures and cartoons -- United States.
Cartoonists -- United States.
Comic books, strips, etc. -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Cartoons (humorous images)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Frank O'Neal Cartoons,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Short Ribs