Richard William Dorgan, known as Dick Dorgan, was an American cartoonist, writer, and illustrator. His first known published work appeared in The New York Call in 1913. A wide variety of his early work was published in The Broadside: A Journal for the Naval Reserve Force, 1918–1920.

He is remembered as the illustrator of Thorne Smith’s first two novels, Biltmore Oswald (1918) and Out o’ Luck (1919), as well as for his work as a columnist for Photoplay Magazine and newspaper artist in the 1920s and ’30s.

Dorgan drew a daily panel about the boxer “Kid Dugan” in the late 1920s. This panel cartoon might have been inspired by Frankie “Kid” Dugan, a welterweight from Memphis, Tennessee, who appeared in 32 bouts from 1919 to 1928.

According to Bill Blackbeard:

A trace of [Dick’s brother Tad’s] famed adeptness with vernacular English is perceptible in Dick Dorgan’s “Kid Dugan,” a boxing strip of the mid-1920s which he developed out of [“You Know Me Al”] when Lardner left the strip.

Circa 1929, the title changed to Divot Diggers, which was continued, first by Vic Forsythe, and then by Pete Llanuza, until 1940.

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