Although the Moes entertained Hitler and fellow Nazis Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels at a fundraiser for German orphans in 1938, they defied the regime by quietly using their passports and stage costumes to spirit dozens of Jewish musicians out of the country. The family lived in India during World War II.
Which came first – “Prince Valiant” the strip or Prince Valiant the bob? John Cullen Murphy, who took over the comic strip from creator Hal Foster in 1970, died Friday in Greenwich, Connecticut. He was 85. Always loving art, Murphy started taking classes at the Art Institute of Chicago when he was nine. Norman Rockwell, a neighbor, became his mentor after the illustrator asked the boy to pose for a Saturday Evening Post cover painting. “Prince Valiant,” seen in 300 newspapers weekly, was a Murphy family affair: His son Cullen, editor of Atlantic Monthly, wrote the scripts; daughter Meg lettered and colored. Murphy passed the strip to Gary Gianni in March. (latimes)