Back cover. Not often we get a self-portrait of the cartoonist.
This collection was published in 1981 and consisted of cartoons previously printed in Boys’ Life during the 1970s.
If you do a search for “Gus Cartoons” you will find everything under the sun, except the above cartoon. I had no idea how many cartoon characters were named ‘Gus.’ This search will also pull up Gus Arriola, a great cartoonist, whose strip, Gordo, I remember from San Diego in the late 1940s to early 1950s. We will look at him in another post.
Orlando Busino has a Wikipedia page, with the following:
Mr. Busino also worked for Archie Comics in the 60’s, doing Covers, Illustrations and Stories for “Tales Calculated To Drive You Bats.” This work was reprinted in Archie’s Madhouse.
He received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1965, 1967, and 1968 for his work. Among his creations is “Gus,” the long-running series of cartoons about a large dog that has appeared in Boys’ Life magazine. His cartoons have been anthologized in two books, Good Boy! (1980) and Oh, Gus! (1981). He lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
He may have been born in 1926, but he is right up with the current social media folks. Or at least, his fans are. Here is a fan facebook page.
The town of Ridgefield is proud of him, and has posted some information on him.
This is the cover of his 1980 book. I do not have this book. I found the image on the internet.
Not bad for a guy in his late eighties.