Bob Artley (1917-2011) was born in Hampton, Iowa, on the family farm established by his grandfather in 1877.
Artley began drawing as a boy and was encouraged by his parents, teachers, and the Des Moines Register and Tribune’s great cartoonist, Ding Darling. He attended country schools through the eighth grade. After graduating from high school, he attended Grinnell College and studied art until he was drafted into the US army in 1941. While serving in the Armed Forces he met and married a WAC medical technician, Virginia (Ginny) Moore.
After the war, the young couple returned to the farm, built a house, and farmed with Bob’s father for a few years. Bob then enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he studied art and graduated in 1951.
Artley’s career as an editorial cartoonist began with the Des Moines Tribune and continued at the Worthington (Minnesota) Daily Globe, where he launched his syndicated cartoon series, Memories of a Former Kid, which was the genesis for his first book.
In addition to his cartooning, Artley also worked in advertising. He and his wife published two weekly newspapers and operated their own print shop while raising four very active children. Two years after Ginny’s death in 1993, Artley married his second wife, Margaret. Before his passing, they divided their time between a home in Winter Haven, Florida, and his ancestral home in Hampton, Iowa.