Harry Conway " Bud " Fisher ( born April 3, 1885 in Chicago, Illinois, † September 7, 1954 in New York City, New York) was an American cartoonist, comic book artist and director. He became famous for the comic strip Mutt and Jeff, who was one of the world's first daily strips.
Fisher broke in 1905, after three years at the University of Chicago, his studies and became a cartoonist at the San Francisco Chronicle in the fields of theater, sports and general news. On November 15, 1907 first appeared his strip A. Mutt, which had a strong resemblance to a few years earlier appeared Strip A. Piker Clerk by Clare Briggs. Title hero was Mutt who likes passionate bet on horses and mostly lost. In contrast to A. Piker Clerk, however, it was at A. Mutt to real horses that should start at the appearance of the respective Strips day, and the strip appeared on the sports page of the newspaper. Fisher was so successful that he was lured away with his strip after just four weeks of William Randolph Hearst's Examiner. 1915 Fisher moved to Wheeler Syndicate, where he received weekly $ 1,000 for his strips. In 1921, his weekly salary was $ 4,600, which he was the best -paid artist of that time. Fisher, who mainly his passion turned to horse racing after the acquisition of a racing team, let his strips of assistants draw and signed this just yet. With this practice, Fisher had started quite early; so initially belonged to the then still largely unknown George Herriman to his assistant.
Fisher has directed over 300 film versions of Mutt and Jeff, filmed in 1911, directed and was also responsible for the screenplays.