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Myer Marcus was an early 20th century newspaper cartoonist, who also worked under the pen name Billy Liverpool. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marcus started as an artist on The Philadelphia Inquirer, where his early creations include ‘Percy Vere’ (1905-06), ‘Doubting Thomas’ (1906-07), ‘Big Scalper’ (1906-09), ‘Acrobatic Trix of Hix and Nix’ (1907) and ‘Sheer-luck Homes’ (1907).

Marcus was a longtime cartoonist with the newspapers published by William Randolph Hearst. Around 1914, he was hired as a ghost artist for Bud Fisher’s ‘Mutt and Jeff’ comic strip. When Fisher filed a lawsuit against Hearst and the strip was put on hold, Marcus developed a couple of pages/strips on his own, such as ‘Brow Brothers’ and ‘Asthma Simpson, the Village Queen’, which he drew under the pen name Billy Liverpool for The Evening Sun in 1915 and 1916. Between 1916 and 1920 he made strip called ‘Fuller Bunk’ through Hearst’s Newspaper Feature Service. He moved to Pullitzer’s The World in the early 1920s, where he served as director of the comic art department until his death in 1923.

102 pages/strips Asthma Simpson the Village Queen 1914-1915
002 pages/strips Asthma Simpson the Village Queen Sundays 1916

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