Category:John Hager (cartoonist)

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John Hager was a dentist turned cartoonist whose cartoons began appearing in The Seattle Times in 1909. The "Umbrella Man" was a local Seattle man named Robert W. Patten, who was thought eccentric by Seattle's residents. Patten walked the Seattle streets with an umbrella on his head, and he was the model for Hager's "Umbrella Man" cartoon, which appeared in The Seattle Times next to the paper's weather report. Hager named the Umbrella Man's duck "The Kid" and he could be seen in the cartoon either with or without the identical umbrella hat. "The Kid" evolved into a daily Times comic strip called "Dok's Dippy Duck" in 1912.

Hager signed his work "DOK" as a play on his previous occupation as a dentist. He was forced to give up his art work due to blindness in 1925.

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