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Wallace Bond Bishop (August 17, 1905 – January 15, 1982), better known as Wally Bishop, was an American cartoonist who drew his syndicated Muggs and Skeeter comic strip for 49 years.

In 1927, influenced by The Gumps creator Sidney Smith (who also lived in Bloomington), Bishop began his comic strip Muggs McGinnis at the age of 22. In 1928, he visited St. Petersburg, Florida, and he later moved there from New York. He married Louise Carson in Evansville, Indiana, in 1936, the same year his strip was retitled Muggs and Skeeter.

In 1938, the Bishops bought and restored St. Petersburg developer C. Perry Snell’s historic Italianate villa at 375 Brightwaters Boulevard in St. Petersburg. Their nearby neighbor was cartoonist Billy DeBeck, who lived within walking distance at 321 Brightwaters Boulevard on Coffee Pot Bayou.

During World War II, Bishop was a Coast Guard pilot, and he later transferred to the Navy, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters, leaving the service as a lieutenant commander.

Bishop continued to draw Muggs and Skeeter until 1974, when he retired. He died in 1982. Louise Bishop died in August 2005.

295 pages/strips Muggs and Skeeter 1937
292 pages/strips Muggs and Skeeter 1938
339 pages/strips Muggs and Skeeter 1939
109 pages/strips Muggs and Skeeter 1940
032 pages/strips Muggs and Skeeter 1955

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