Carl Frank Ludwig Ed was a comic strip artist best known as the creator of Harold Teen. Born in Moline, Illinois, Ed graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island and he was 22 years old when he worked on the baseball strip Big Ben in 1912. He moved on to Chicago as a sports cartoonist on the Chicago American where he drew the strip The Tener Alley Gang. He drew samples for a strip titled Seventeen, loosely based on Booth Tarkingtons successful novel Seventeen, after publisher Patterson renamed it Harold Teen, it debuted in the New York Daily News during February 1919. Asked in the late 1930s why he had started the strip, Ed answered, Twenty years ago, I thought every well-balanced comic sheet should have one. Carl Eds strip was read in the 1920s, and his readers became familiar with such slang as shebas, sheiks. Some of these were words and phrases created by Ed, such as, with the popularity of the strip, Ed profited from merchandising of games, figurines and other products. He added Josie as a topper strip beneath Harold Teen and also time to work as an instructor at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Interest in the strip began to fade by the 1940s, when Ed, who lived at 711 Michigan Avenue in Evanston, Illinois, died October 10,1959, his once-popular comic strip died with him. His widow, Ellen Ed, died in July 1975, the Adventures of Harold Teen and His Old Side-kick Pop Jenks. New York, Cupples & Leon,1931, hal Rasmusson Lambiek, Carl Ed Danger Trail, Harold Teen
Carl Ed and his characters in 1933
Carl Ed's signature is at bottom right on this Milton Bradley board game from the 1920s.
Carl Ed drew this comics chronology of his strips from 1912 to 1919: Big Ben, Luke McGlook, the Bush League Bearcat (aka Luke McGluke), The Tener Alley Gang and Harold Teen. The center panel shows Robert S. Gable, the manager of World Color Syndicate.