Carl Frank Ludwig Ed (July 16, 1890 – October 10, 1959) was a comic strip artist best known as the creator of Harold Teen.
Ed, whose earlier creations include Big Ben and Luke McGuke, turned his informal market research into a new strip. It was bought by Captain Joe Patterson, one of that period's most influential comics editors, who began running it in his Chicago Tribune on May 14, 1919. A few months later, when demand for The Gumps led Patterson to start distributing his paper's comics nationally, The Love Life of Harold Teen (later shortened to simply Harold Teen) became a charter member of The Chicago Tribune Syndicate's lineup.
Harold Teen was just like most of his generation. He used teenage slang — in fact, Harold originated quite a few then-popular expressions, such as "Yowsah", "Fan mah brow" and "pitch a li'l woo", as well as the occasional more enduring term, like "pantywaist". He also helped popularize quite a few fashion statements of the time, such as bell-bottom pants and yellow ra ... read more