Noel Sickles

Noel Douglas Sickles ( born January 24, 1910 in Chillicothe, Ohio; † October 3, 1982 in Tucson, Arizona) was an American cartoonist, illustrator and cartoonist. He became famous for the comic strip Scorchy Smith.


Sickles began his career as a political cartoonist for the Ohio State Journal in the late 1920s, before he got a job with the Associated Press in 1933. As the creator of the aviation Comics Scorchy Smith, John Terry, was ill, Sickles was offered the possibility to continue the comic under Terry's name. After his death in 1934 he was allowed to continue the series and signed with his own name. In 1936 he gave up drawing comics and was Illustrator, after being his demands for a massive pay rise has not complied. Scorchy Smith was subsequently taken over by Bert Christman.

Sickles and Milton Caniff shared a studio for two years and supported each other in their work. According to Andreas C. Knigge Sickles "decisive influence on the style of the American adventure trips" had. Franco Fossati also certifies him in Large illustrated Ehapa comic lexicon that he was " very influenced many later signatories " have.