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Biography: Austin Briggs

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Birth: August 9, 1908
Death: October 10, 1973


Cartoonist and Illustrator

Bio Summary

Briggs was born in Humbolt, Minnesota and grew up in Detroit, Michigan.

Early Life/Family


Briggs studied at the Wicker Art School in Detroit. Later he went to the Art Students League in New York.

Career Outline

When he moved to New York in the early 1930’s he began work at an advertising agency. Meanwhile he did freelance work for magazines such as the Dearborn Independent, Collier’s, McClures and Pictorial Review. In 1936 Briggs became Alex Raymond’s assistant on ‘Flash Gordon.’ From 1940-1944 he anonymously illustrated the ‘Flash Gordon’ daily and between 1944 and 1948 he did the ‘Flash Gordon’ Sunday pages. Also, from 1938 to 1940, he was in charge of the ‘Secret Agent X-9’ strip.
In 1948, Austin Briggs stopped working on comics to focus more on his illustrations.
Briggs was one of the founders of the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut.

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In 1969 he was elected to the Society of Illustrators’ Hall of Fame

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