Irwin Hasen

Art on This Day


Irwin Hasen was born on this day in 1918 in Manhattan, New York. He was an American cartoonist, best known for Dondi comic strip created by Gus Edson.


He studied at DeWitt Clinton High School. In 1939, he began his art training on the block he lived where there was also the National Academy of Design.  He started drawing his comic strip Dondi in September 1955. For over 30 years, he spent nearly every day drawing the character of a war orphan for the daily comic that at its peak, was carried by more than 100 newspapers.


It ended on June 8 1986 when the circulation and his play were decreasing and the strip’s original writer, Gus Edson died.