Ned Riddle, a former Dallas Morning News artist who drew the syndicated cartoon, Mr. Tweedy, died on Oct. 14 from complications of a stroke. He was 81.
Riddle served in the Navy as a navigator’s assistant aboard the submarine USS Piranha during World War II. To entertain the crew, he drew caricatures of his superiors for a weekly newsletter. After he returned to the states, Riddle graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and began painting in watercolors.
In the 1950s, the Dallas Morning News hired Riddle to work as a commercial artist. The editors at the paper were so impressed with his work that they suggested he syndicate his cartoons. Syndication executives in New York told him to focus on drawing a single character, and so Mr. Tweedy was born. For the next 34 years, Mr. Tweedy was published in newspapers in the United States, Canada, Australia and South America.