Books 18 Mar 2007 08:21 am

More Faces of Frank Webb

– Last August, I posted bits of the book How To Make Faces which I am pleased to own. It comes from a completely different era, and contains drawings which remind me of my childhood. Romps to the public library rummaging through any book that had whatever remote connection to animation or cartooning.

I vaguely remember seeing this book there and was happy to find it on ebay. Every so often I flip through it and smile at the drawings. There’s some funny work there, and I wonder how many kids used it to try to learn how to draw cartoons.

Just this past week I received an interesting comment on that post; here it is:

    Hi,
    Frank Webb was my great uncle, and I am very pleased to have found someone who still knows of him. I have a bunch of his stuff, and know a bit about his history, including him publicly proclaiming Walt Disney a crook! One of Franks drawings ended up in a sale to Disney, and renamed (from “Dippy Dog”) to Goofy. Thank you for including him here.

    Darren Reese

This was just the excuse I needed for sharing a bit more of this booklet. I didn’t see any resemblance of Dippy Dog, but there is a guy who looks a bit like Farmer Alfalfa. I hoped I wasn’t alone in appreciating Mr. Webb’s cartoons, and now I know I’m not. Here are a few more pages. In the pages I posted last time, Frank Webb showed how to make cartoons from letters of the alphabet. This time he works in a more traditional manner.


(Click any image to enlarge.)

– Speaking of Old Timers, Gumby celebrated his 50th birthday last week. All 200 episodes of the “Gumby Show” will be released in dvd this fall. However you can watch episodes of the show for free at AOL or YouTube.

A remastered version of the 1995 “Gumby Movie” will premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Congratulations to Art Clokey. Still going strong.

59 Responses to “More Faces of Frank Webb”

  1. on 02 Jun 2007 at 7:14 pm 1.Linda said …

    Hi
    I personally knew Frank Webb. I live in the same city and I have a few of his drawings. He told me all the stories of Walt Disney cheating him. I used to take my kids (all grown up now) over to his house and he would show them how to draw. He even used to draw on eggs around Easter and give them to the kids.
    I am so glad that people remember him. He was a good man.

  2. on 15 Jun 2007 at 6:21 pm 2.Terry Lopez said …

    Hi. My maiden name was Sheldon, but I was adopted. My bio dad was Frank Webb, whom, unfortunately, I never met. He married my mom, June, and they divorced when I was 18 mos. or so. Frank sent me one of his books many years ago and he was such a talented artist. If anyone knows how I can contact Janice, Dody or Frank, Jr., please let me know! My email address is Philly530@aol.com and I would love to hear from those of you who knew my father. Thanks so much. Terry

  3. on 18 Jun 2007 at 10:01 am 3.carla cox said …

    My Name is Carla Cox and Terry Sheldon is my mother. Frank Webb was my Grandfather that I had never had the chance to meet. We cherished the stories from my Grandmother and mother about his talent and still look at his cartoon books and work. It’s comforting to know that there are others that knew him and of his talent.

  4. on 02 Jul 2007 at 9:06 pm 4.Bernice Williams said …

    Our family lived in Goleta Calif. and were backyard neighbors of Frank Webb. At the time he was hosting a local TV program called “Let’s Find Out” and he invited my small children to be on the show. On the show he taught children how to draw. I would love to find a copy of his booklet entitled “Let’s find Out”.

  5. on 13 Nov 2007 at 1:43 pm 5.Shane Smith said …

    Steve from http://www.thesneeze.com currently has a post about a face his father has been drawing for years. Not sure what book it came from I did some research and ended up here. I think this may be the book his father had many years ago. Take a look at his current post about it and see if you recognize that particular face in the book!

  6. on 13 Nov 2007 at 2:36 pm 6.Paul Schiefen said …

    I have loved the art of Frank Webb since I was a kid (34 now). There is a Pizza Parlor in Santa Barbara, Ca that has a back room completely covered with murals that Frank Webb did. I used to love to look at all the pictures when I was a kid. It is still there today. If you want to go see it, it’s Rusty’s Pizza 3731 State St. Maybe the owners of the place have more info on the story.

    -Paul

  7. on 03 Jan 2008 at 10:09 pm 7.craig yoe said …

    i think frank webb is one of the greats! i produce books on comics history and am planning an upcoming chapter on frank. my comics blog is http://arflovers.com i corresponded a bit with frank. my friend and cartoonist bill”katy keene” woggon put me in touch with him. frank did some art for me which i treasure. i’ll put that art in my chapter on frank. anybody who knew him please get in touch. yoecomix(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. on 07 Jan 2008 at 6:22 pm 8.Bill Roza said …

    Hi, I grew up in Santa Maria, CA. I am 60 years old now and have fond memories of watching the “Learn To Draw the Frank Webb Way” show which was televised on KEYT, Channel 3 out of Santa Barbara. I still love to ‘doodle’ on a sheet of paper occasionally and I usually start with a letter of the alphabet like Frank used to do.
    I was a huge fan of the puppet, “CAPPY”. Kids my age would send in little caps by mail for CAPPY to wear on the show. Great memories!

  9. on 23 Feb 2008 at 2:44 am 9.Sharon Rasey said …

    I remember so well drawing with Frank Webb as a child. I just turned 69 and grew up in Moorpark, California. My family did not have a television set so I would take my tablet and pencils and go to my aunt’s house and she would turn on the television for me so I could draw. I still have one of the drawings I did with Frank. What a beautiful memory it is. I am a ceramist and my daughter has her Master’s in painting and we are artlovers to the max. I think the seed was planted all those many years ago by Frank Webb.

  10. on 31 Mar 2008 at 6:57 am 10.Dj Fani said …

    Hello! Well This Good for Those Who Wants To Learn About The Drawing A Cartoon And Sketches. Good Going

  11. on 11 Apr 2008 at 5:49 pm 11.Darren Reese said …

    Hi Again,
    I had left your one Frank Webb comment a while back, and had to write again. My great-aunt Val (Franks wife) just sent me a box full of his stuff, to include VHS tapes of the show he used to have on Channel 3 in Santa Barbara (Val actually sang the theme song for the show, and was the voice of Cappy). She also included a ton of his Learn to Draw books, one of which even came with drawing paper in the back.
    I just talked to Val again, and she is soon to send me the actual Chicken, Tommy Turtle, anc Cappy dolls from the show. I read some of the comments posted here to her, and she is OVERJOYED that Franks name lives on. Anyone interested in any Frank Webb info please feel free to email me at reesedp@cox.net.

  12. on 14 Jul 2008 at 2:21 pm 12.Andrew Nixon said …

    I was so happy to find these references to Frank Webb. I had his book about how to draw faces from each letter of the alphabet which I did all of them many many times in my youth before passing it on to my younger siblings (I really need to try and track down a copy of that book).

    I met Frank at the Rusty’s Pizza parlor mentioned in a previous comment when I was about 9 years old (circa 1979ish). I was there for a friend’s bday party and was so happy to see him there drawing. I got his autograph on the back of a birthday napkin (which I believe my mom still has). None of the other kids had a clue who he was, but they all wanted his autograph after I got it.

    He was such a nice guy when I met him that day.

  13. on 24 Oct 2008 at 10:58 am 13.jackie algorri peterman said …

    Frank was my grandfather, my mother is Dodie. Thank you for all the kind comments. I read them to my mom. She was so proud of her dad. When we were kids he would always bring us wonderful little drawings, and tell us so many stories.
    I have since passed those on to my kids, so they will know their great grandfather. He and Val were always so much fun to have around. We used to look so forward to their visits. We loved to go to Santa Barbara and he would take us to his “Pixieland”. Now that was a treat for me and my 3 brothers.
    We loved Grandpa and miss him!!

  14. on 01 Nov 2008 at 9:13 pm 14.Mark Wise said …

    I stumbled upon this site, surfing through my old Santa Barbara memories, where I grew up in the 50′s and 60′s.

    The Frank Webb show was one of my childhood’s best memories…I remember how important I felt when I was on the show once!

    Anyway, know that a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel living in Mexico often thinks of Frank Webb and, to his family, I offer my thanks for his great gift!

    Mark Wise
    spanish-immersion-excursions@hotmail.com

  15. on 12 Dec 2008 at 8:27 pm 15.Valerie Webb said …

    I have just been reading the very loving, appreciative comments from the many who learned to draw through the Frank Webb shows and books. I’ve been very happy to know at this time, so many years passed that his work and his persona are still remembered and loved.

    -Valerie Webb
    mhiggison@roadrunner.com

  16. on 22 Dec 2008 at 4:31 am 16.Capt. Paul Stebelton,USAF (ret) said …

    Frank & Valerie Webb lived in LaHabra, CA when I first met him in 1982 with his friend Pappy Boyington. He was entertaining the crowd at LaHabra Air Fair while Pappy, WW11 Marine Corps Corsair ACE sold his books. I took Frank to schools for him to draw and entertain children. He liked pilots and I introduced him to several, including Eddie Martin, founder of the first airport in Orange County, CA. I am proud to have a few ORIGINAL autographed cartoons plus some items VAL gave me after Frank died. I tried to nominate him for a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Tom Hatton, but wasn’t successful. He was deserving. He was one of my favorite people for many years, and he said I was his second favorite pilot behind PAPPY. A great GUY!! I went up to Rusty’s Pizza in Santa Barbara and took photos of the walls of cartoons he drew and gave them to Frank which he appreciated. I could write all day about this great man. Paul E. Stebelton stebby@earthlink.net

  17. on 22 Dec 2008 at 3:52 pm 17.Carl Knarreborg said …

    On just a whim I typed in Franks name and found this site. My Grandfather was Val’s mothers Brother. I have 2 of Frank’s books, one autographed to my Dad (Milton), and one to me. I also have an autographed sketch of a bunny that Frank sent me for my first Easter in 1971. Frank was always an inspiration to me, enough that I got my degree in Graphic Design. Thank you all for your kind words and keeping Frank’s memory alive. Val, you should contact us, carlknarreborg@att.net.

  18. on 09 Jan 2009 at 8:53 pm 18.Jim Kirby said …

    Wow the power of the internet is truly amazing. Great memories.Frak Webb is my grandfather. I see threads from my sister Jackie and my grandmother Val.I love you both. Santa Barbara is where my grandfather spent the latter years of his life. Although when his health started failing in the 80′s he moved to La Habra to be closer to us. (I grew up in the Whittier area not far from Huntington Beach, My old surfing grounds. He purchased a manufactured home and spent 5 wonderful years there with my grandmother Val. But if push came to shove, of all the places he lived, Santa Barbara was his home. I remember as a youg boy going to his home in Santa Barbara and playing on old rides he had installed on his property (looking back he must have had 4-5 acres). He got them from his Pixie Land theme park. What a wonderful story teller he was. He worked with Walt Disney back in the late 30′s and early 40′s and he actually developed the Goofy character. They worked together at the old Hollywood Studio’s. Later he penned many books with Let’s Draw with Frank Webb being the most notable. He and Val had their own TV show on KTLA channel 5 in L.A. with the same name.He pursued no other careers.
    I have many personalised paintings and birthday cards that will always stay in the family. Speaking of the internet and it’s power. It obviously empowers people to strech the truth, as there are many people claiming to be ralated to him that we’ve(my family) never heard of. But that’s actually really cool in that the thought of being connected to him is something special. The fact is was, and is, special and cool to have been a part of his life . He was a very special unique human being.
    Thanks
    Jim Kirby jim@kuik.com

  19. on 10 Jan 2009 at 11:21 pm 19.Bill Kingman said …

    How happy I am to find this site.
    In 1950, at age 8, I watched Frank Webb on KFI-TV Channel 9 in Los Angeles every weekday afternoon. Daily I followed his lessons and drew and mailed my efforts to KFI-TV. He would show the mailed drawings of his viewers each day, many times showing my drawings. Early 1951 one day, our phone rang and it was Frank Webb, inviting me to appear with several other youngsters on his Saturday morning hour-long TV show at 11 AM on KFI-TV. What a thrill that was! My mom drove me to the studio at 141 North Vine Street, where about a dozen of us kids were guided to the Frank Webb set. I recall it was like a large airplane hanger with “millions” of bright lights overhead. Valerie Landon handed each of us a pencil and rigid drawing board as we arrived. She sang songs during the telecast between Frank’s drawing lessons. Many of my friends saw that telecast and saw me. Oh, if only we had DVD recorders back then!

  20. on 08 Feb 2009 at 4:22 am 20.Bob Reed said …

    Wow! I thought I was the only one who remembered the Frank Webb program. His program came on each afternoon during the week and I was a big fan! I will be 70 years old in a few months and I still treasure that afternoon when Frank Webb showed my drawing of a monkey in a barrel and announced that I had won his contest. My parents drove me all the way from Santa Ana, California to Hollywood to pick up the prizes. That will always be a big deal! I enjoyed Frank’s joy as he taught kids to cartoon. He will always remain with me as a favorite pioneer of local television.

  21. on 20 Apr 2009 at 2:04 pm 21.Jim Whitehead said …

    My wife and I were discussing old TV shows with some friends and I related my memories of the Frank Webb show in Los Angeles. Frank certainly touched a lot of lives. The comment by Bill Kingman (I’m impressed by your memory!) jogged a few memories for me. I was trying to recall a few things about the show but haven’t been able to remember much. My grandfather and uncle were the producers of one of the Frank Webb shows and I’m guessing that it was the Saturday morning show in 1951. I was eight years old living in Burbank. The show, and I think it was called “TheTimmy O’toole Show”, sometimes needed kids for the “peanut gallery” so my father would tear me away from what I was doing, make me put on clean clothing and drive me down to the studio. I’m not sure whether I was treated specially because my family produced the show but I always went home with a box of Abba-Zaba candy bars, since I think they were the sponsors of the program. I do remember Frank Webb as being very kind to all of the children on the show.

  22. on 01 May 2009 at 5:27 pm 22.Marsha Bouck said …

    I teach elementary kids with special needs in Calexico, CA. I have some very old VHS tapes of ‘Drawing with Frank Webb.’ These make animals from capitol letters of the alphabet. It is amazing how well the students respond to these tapes. The tapes also add to the students self esteem. They are so proud of themselves when they finish a drawing. Some of the tapes have been erased. I would love to find copies so that I may continue to use them in school with my students. bouckmj@sbcglobal.net

  23. on 08 May 2009 at 7:38 am 23.Jan said …

    When I was about 8 years old my Mother and I took a bus from San Luis Obispo to Santa Barbara, we stayed in the old Carillo hotel, Frank Webb pick us up at the hotel and drove us to the TV station and I appeared on his show that afternoon. I am not 62 years old and I still remember what I wore on TV that day. Funny how some memories just stay with a person….

  24. on 23 Jun 2009 at 12:53 pm 24.Joanne said …

    Frank Webb’s TV show was a BIG deal when I was a child in Santa Barbara in the 1960s. One drawing he taught us was the letter ‘A’ and a flying horse combined. These drawings that children sent in were displayed in a Flying A gas station in SB. I have no idea what year that was. We lived on Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista from 1959-1962, and then moved near San Marcos HS. (BTW, as kids, we bought a ton of those Abba Zabba candies from the “Little Red Store” in Isla Vista.)
    Anyway, I even had a big birthday party with family and friends at Pixie Land! I must have been about 8 or 9 years old (@1961-62). I still have the pictures of my birthday party there! In one picture I am sitting on a big colorful “toadstool.”
    Thanks everyone for sharing wonderful memories. Joanne

  25. on 25 Jul 2009 at 8:42 am 25.Carrie Davey said …

    I am an elementary art teacher in NJ and I use Frank’s “Let’s Draw” VHS tapes with the students. They ask me every year, “What letters are we going to learn this year?” They always ask about him and I am glad I found this site… for years I have been looking for more info about Frank to tell the kids. They love him and look forward to watching his videos every year! Carrie cdavey@rpsd.org

  26. on 13 Aug 2009 at 2:01 pm 26.ernie said …

    I just bought a cartoon of a roadrunner at the
    Pasadena Antique Mall. There are possibly 20
    other cartoons for sale there.

    I’m thrilled to know more about Frank. And, while
    not an artist, my mother had his book back in the
    50s. Sorry its gone.

  27. on 12 Oct 2009 at 6:41 pm 27.Hoddy Rupp said …

    Great to see this. I grew up in Santa Barbara and was actually on Frank Webb’s TV program on Channel 3 somtime in the 1950s. I remember his making characters out of each letter of the alphabet but I thought it was the entire body not just the face.

  28. on 22 Nov 2009 at 5:03 pm 28.Melanie said …

    I knew Frank Webb in 1982 he was a local customer I use to bag his groceries. In 1982 the store was named Market Basket. Frank was a regualr customer and one day he suprised me by giving me a wondeful watercolor titled “here we go a wondring” I have it in my office today. At the time I was 17 years old, I have hung on to it all these years with memories of a really nice man, that I only knew as someone that I bagged his groceries. I have tired for many years to find information about Mr. Webb. Thankful I found this site.
    Melanie

  29. on 31 Dec 2009 at 12:00 am 29.Michael said …

    Well, this is all very fascinating! I was a kindergarten student in the early 50s in Santa Barbara (my favorite place in the world!), and as part of our class, we would all go up to the KEYT television studios in Santa Barbara, on a hill I believe it was … and we’d all be on the air for Frank Webb’s TV show (with his wife, who was a really lovely blonde bombshell of a woman, I seem to recall), showing off our works of art. I always got a laugh with my explanations of my work, which usually included Miss Cardona, our teacher. I had several of Frank Webb’s how to draw books and studied and practiced religiously! Then we moved. The books disappeared. It was great seeing them again on this website.

  30. on 06 Jan 2010 at 12:06 am 30.Lori K said …

    Frank Webb was our neighbor when I was a child on Dawn Lane. We used to go to his house to visit his Monkey, Bimbo. I remember he would bring out a kid sized train for the kids to play on every once in a while. My brother and sister and I even got to be on his show once. His wife was so genteel as I remember. Once mentioned I now recall she WAS Cappy! The best was when he would invite you into his home and break out his wonderful drawings on tablet upon tablet.
    What great memories, LK 50 yrs old

  31. on 09 Jan 2010 at 7:08 pm 31.alex said …

    Uncle Frank is my family members Uncle. And Aunt Valerie up there talking is our aunt. But I have drawings and books from him. I wish I could have met with him in his life time, but didnt. I do know he had a pet monkey named bimbo

  32. on 14 Jan 2010 at 2:21 pm 32.truffuls said …

    I found this via thesneeze.com. What I absolutely love about these posts is the comments. Most blog comments are strewn with flame wars and spam. I was surprised that none of Frank Webb’s family raised a ruckus about Michael reproducing some of the book. It really is a gem.

    Kudos to Frank Webb for his brilliant talent and to the Webb family and all the folks who interacted with him. Those were glorious times and I enjoyed reading about your memories.

    Happy & Healthy New Year to you all.

  33. on 23 Jan 2010 at 7:08 pm 33.Ron Johnson said …

    Stumbled across this site & it’s interesting to see how many others out there remember Frank Webb after all these (50+) years. I learned from his show that my ‘artisic talents’ were pretty much maxed out after learning how to draw the TV dog. :o ) I wrote into the show & rec’d a copy of Frank’s LET’S DRAW book signed by him & Valerie on the inside back cover (in a section for ‘autographs’). BTW, if there is anyone out there who would be interested in provding a new home for my signed copy of LET’S DRAW, I can be contacted for details at rj8083@att.net.

  34. on 22 Feb 2010 at 9:38 pm 34.CLare said …

    I remember meeting Frank Webb back in approx. 1968 in Santa Barbara at the old Ott’s Department Store on State Street. He drew me a picture of “woody woodpecker” which I have kept for all these years. From what I remember, he thrilled my brother & I with his easy-to-follow cartoon drawings.

  35. on 01 Mar 2010 at 3:49 am 35.Chandra said …

    I had this book when I was little and I am 34. I imagine it was passed on to me from someone a generation or 2 above me. I grew up in Santa Barbara…I came across the drawings on thesneeze.com as well, and I instantly recognized the recreation of the drawings…by the time I finished reading the thread I was happy to see that the detective work had resulted in finding this site and pages from the book.

  36. on 25 Mar 2010 at 9:30 pm 36.Tom Ruiz said …

    Was on his show in Santa Barbara long ago. Does anyone remember their theme song?

  37. on 02 Apr 2010 at 10:11 am 37.Tom Ruiz said …

    I’m trying again to find the words to the Frank Webb Show theme song. I believe it was to the tune of “Polly Wolly Doodle.”

  38. on 18 Apr 2010 at 11:54 am 38.Bill Roza said …

    I am 63 now and remember those anxious days after school when I could run home in time to draw with Frank Webb on KEYT-TV, channel 3 out of Santa Barbara. I was raised in Santa Maria, CA, just 70 miles north. I still know every word of the ‘theme song’. I remember how kids would send in little caps and hats for puppet, ‘Cappy’ who sat at the top of Franks easel. I believe it was Frank’s wife Valerie who was the ‘voice’ of Cappy.
    I’ll never forget learning to draw the ‘Frank Webb Way’

  39. on 09 May 2010 at 11:42 pm 39.Bob Elias said …

    Does anyone know if the “Learn To Draw the Frank Webb Way” series is available on DVD?

  40. on 27 Jun 2010 at 1:01 am 40.Gilbert Luna said …

    Wow, I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog spot! Today I found 8 of Frank’s original drawings I won back in the late ’70′s when my mother used to take my sister Cindy and I to Rusty’s Pizza Parlor for his cartoon drawing lessons…such fond memories!! Many of our friends and relatives joined us over the 3 or 4 years that we religiously went there. He and Val were so nice! Those drawings will now be framed and will adorn the walls of our new baby boy, Antonio! I also have an autographed picture of Pappy Boyington that I wrote Pappy for after Frank gave me his address…I even have the envelope still that Pappy hand-wrote himself. I love all of the stories he used to tell us. I plan on going back to Rusty’s (I still live in Santa Barbara) to take some digital pictures of the murals he did. For years, from elementary thru high school, I used to doodle in Frank’s style (if not recreations of his work) on anyting and everything. It turns out that one of the drawings I still draw to this day is actually one of the originals I have of his.

  41. on 10 Dec 2010 at 11:26 am 41.Elfriede Mcnett said …

    Good post….thanks for sharing.. very useful for me

  42. on 27 Dec 2010 at 1:36 am 42.James D. said …

    One of his famous works lives on today! The famous drawing of Manny, Moe, and Jack of Pep Boy’s fame was done by Frank when the company was small and relatively new… Still using the logo in all their advertising for 60+ years, the sign of some really good work!

  43. on 05 Jan 2011 at 7:01 pm 43.Chelsea Reese said …

    My Great aunt is Valerie Webb, my Great Uncle being Frank. I am so happy to see all of the wonderful comments on here. Including my favorite uncle! Mr Darren Reese! even Val. I learned to draw with one of his old VHS’s. I just recently got some original comic strips from my aunt Val, which I am honored to be the keeper of. He was a remarkable man, and I am so glad his name lives on!

  44. on 09 Jan 2011 at 2:42 am 44.Robert F. said …

    I sort of remember being on Frank Webb’s show on KEYT in the fifties. Watching the sketching, etc. My mom used to babysit for David, the son of a woman who worked on the show. My clearest memories were of my brother Jimmie (age about 4) peeing on the lap of the host. That, and the carnations that were given to us to give to our mothers, I think the program must have aired around Mother’s Day, and I remember the smell of the plastic tubes the carnations came in. I think the sponsor was Carnation Dairy?

  45. on 18 Jul 2011 at 7:00 pm 45.Matt Cadwell said …

    Hello everyone. My mom and I were friends with Frank and Valerie Webb when they lived in La Habra. We met them through the church they attended. I had the honor of visiting them from time to time in their mobile home in La Habra. Iuse to love hearing Frank talk about his shows and the stories he would tell me about Pappy Boyington. Once he found out i was into flying and Drawing airplanes he made a deal with me. The deal was to come over and at the same time I would draw him a picture of an airplane he would draw a picture for me. When we were done we switched pictures. I drew him a picture of a Cessna 172 flying through the air and he drew me a picture of Goofy driving a car. After he gave me his drawing he asked if he could have it back but he would give it back to me in a day or two and I gave it to him. When I got it back he drew over his pencil marks with a pen and even wrote a personal message for me on it and even had a “apol to Walt Disney Prods. on it. and with that picture he gave me a letter on one of his Lets Draw letter heads with his picture and several cartoons characters on the side of it telling me to not give up drawing and so forth. That was back in the late 80s he gave that to me and even to this day I stil have the drawing and letter in a protective plastic case that I look at from time and wish I could have spent more time with him! cadwell4@yahoo.com

  46. on 13 Mar 2012 at 10:59 pm 46.lorett mcquiddy said …

    It’s amazing, how one so influences your life when your a child, & you don’t even realize it at the time. I too grew up drawing alphabet cartoons with Frank Webb.Altho I can only remember a few of my school teachers over the years, I’ve never forgotten his name. Telling my grandchildren about the TV program in southern California (pre Santa Barbara, yeah old!)..& remembering most of the alphabet, I’m thrilled to find this site..I can see my instruction book as clear as if it were yesterday, Just wish I could put my hands on it, but many moves & many many years later, it is one of my happiest memories of childhood..We need more Frank Webbs in “real” time these days!!!

  47. on 01 May 2012 at 12:09 pm 47.robert fortenberry said …

    Frank was my uncle. His sister Margaret was my Mom. I remember Frank quit well. My brothers and I use to go on his TV show in L.A. called the Timmy O’toole show. His brothers were. Bob who I was named after,he was a Casting Director at MGM studios, Don who was a set director fro Little House and many others. I remember his Monkey when we use to visit him in Santa Barbara.

  48. on 02 May 2012 at 10:47 am 48.robert fortenberry said …

    Shame on me I forgot Uncle Bill. He was an Editor at varous studios, last being Universal.

  49. on 23 Oct 2012 at 5:19 pm 49.Jeannette Williams said …

    I was looking through some stuff of mine and came across my certificate from the Frank Webb Cartoon Club with is signature. Wow I was only nine yrs. old.

  50. on 07 Jan 2013 at 10:01 pm 50.Dale Creek said …

    Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t Frank have a studio on Calle Laureles before Petrini’s moved in? I am a native Santa Barbaran and remember Frank and his show well. Went there when we could. He also used to show up at the Califoria Theatre, the movie theater, at intermission and entertain the audience with his sketching. I did a yarn on burlap of a drawing given to me by Frank of Woody Woodpecker. I don’t know where the drawing is but almost 60 years later I still have my yarn on burlap.

  51. on 15 Jan 2013 at 3:13 pm 51.Kent Attwood said …

    I used to work at Market Basket in the 1970′s – 1980′s until Hughes Market bought us. I lived in Whittier for 20 plus years and worked at the La Habra Hughes market and would see and talk with Frank Webb all the time. A very nice man and loved visiting with him. He drew and colored me a picture and personalized it for me and signed it. I have it in my office. Loved seeing his cartoon in the paper on how to draw.

  52. on 20 May 2013 at 3:10 pm 52.Darren Reese said …

    WOW!! I havent looked at this site in a few years, and loved catching up. I recently posted a couple of his “Let’s Draw” shows on youtube, and am now getting requests from all over the place for more! I had NO IDEA about Manny, Moe, and Jack!! How cool is this?!?

  53. on 20 May 2013 at 3:12 pm 53.Darren Reese said …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qidR8R2jzuI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4fT8vY-yjg

    Above are the links to the videos. I hope you can make them functional so everyone can enjoy them!

  54. on 11 Dec 2013 at 4:03 pm 54.steven schlah said …

    Wow, a friend of mine just turned me on to this.
    Among Frank Webb’s accomplishments was that he was the creator of the Ford “Shaggy” Dog Ad campaign in 1956/57
    (“It’s a FOORRD”)and was given a 1956 Ford Parklane station wagon (IJY 569)as partial payment, which I bought 10 years later, and presented Frank with a picture of it in 1977, when he was cartooning the walls of Rusty’s Pizza Parlors in Santa Barbara and teaching my kids cartooning. As part of the Ad campaign, porcelein “Dog” banks were given out as promotions and I got two, of which Frank signed mine, to which I gave one to Rusty’s owner, and friend of Frank, Roger Duncan. Frank’s legacy lives on in all that remember him. I still have one bank. No, it’s not for sale. I wish I could show you a picture of the car and the banks.
    Steve Schlah, San Marcos ’63

  55. on 11 Dec 2013 at 10:54 pm 55.Diane said …

    I went on the Frank Webb Show around 1955-1957. What happened to Cappy, the puppet and can we see a picture of him?

    Jim Whitehead, I did not know your Grandfather produced some of the shows.

    Hoddy Rupp, Do you still ride horses?

  56. on 25 Jan 2014 at 5:45 pm 56.Mike Alonzo said …

    Happened across this site. Many years ago I purchased a nice little pochade paint box at a swap meet in Huntington Beach Ca. The lady selling it said it belonged to her late husband, Frank Webb. It has Frank Webb and Timmy O’toole logo painted on the cover. I never used it, and will sell it if someone makes an offer.

  57. on 22 Feb 2014 at 8:14 pm 57.Robert Webb said …

    I too found this site just out of curiosity. Frank was our uncle and used to drop by our dads house(Harry Webb) on Hollywood Blvd. After he finished doing his show.
    He would help me with his book while he visited our dad. I remember visiting Franks house out in the foothills of Burbank in the late forties and early fifties. I was about 12.

  58. on 22 Feb 2014 at 8:55 pm 58.Robert Webb said …

    Another memory of Frank Webb. In the later years we used to visit Frank and Val in their Mobile home in La Habra. I have some wonderful memoires of Frank and Val in those years. Frank stories are legendary, he was the most entertaining story teller you would ever to meet. My most memorable moment was when I got to videotape a class he gave on drawing in a library in the La Habra area. The kids just loved him and he and Val had a wonderful time. He really loved what he did.

  59. on 15 May 2014 at 1:04 am 59.Robert Webb said …

    sorry I just realized I left an incomplete e-mail address, I have corrected it, sorry. I left out the 7. bob webb

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