I used to see these ads all the time and wondered “what’s the deal”. The Famous Artists School has offered correspondence courses in art since it was founded in 1948. It was conceived by Albert Dorne as a result of a conversation with Norman Rockwell (who appears in the ad). The founding faculty included John Atherton, Austin Briggs, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Ben Stahl, Al Parker, Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Harold von Schmidt and Jon Whitcomb. Later faculty would include cartoonists Al Capp, Milt Caniff and Rube Goldberg. Not bad. The Famous Artists School still exists today, but it has been a while since I have seen one of their comic ads.
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