Most of us remember the names “Tom & Jerry” and “Popeye” as soon as we hear it. That’s because they were close so much to us since our childhood. Even as adults, still, those cartoons can be enjoyed.
But, have you ever wondered about the genius who was behind those awesome cartoons? By name, he is Eugene Merril Deitch, commonly known as Gene Deitch. He was not only a comic artist but also an animator, illustrator, and film director. Munro, Tom Terrific, and Nudnik are his other cartoons in addition to Tom & Jerry and Popeye.
Gene Deitch lived in Prague, Czech Republic for most of his lifetime. The saddest news is that he died at 95 on April 16, 2020.
The death of Gene was heartbreaking news to people across the world, specially artists. So, artists throughout the world expressed their sympathy through artworks.
Would you believe if I say that he was a pilot in World War 2? Yes, he was, and before that, he worked as a draftsman for North American Aviation. After the war, he returned to drawing and became the artistic director of the United Productions of America.