Gus, by Orlando Busino

 Front cover.

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:

Orlando Busino (born 1926 in Binghamton, New York) is a US artist whose cartoons have appeared in McCalls, Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Saturday Evening Post, and many other magazines.

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.


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5 Responses to Gus, by Orlando Busino

  1. Pingback: Orlando Busino – karikaturista redemptoristov – Redemptoristi

  2. Doug Rhodes says:

    I would like to make contact with Mr. Busino about a couple of WW2 letters I obtained on ebay addressed to Betty Ann, pleading for a photo. I loved his cartoons in the Sat. evening Post and have saved some. I was going to acution them off, but I thought perhaps not. I can be reached at

  3. Doug Rhodes says:

    Glad you’re not pushing the daisies up yet. I’m 66, so I guess every day is a gift. (Many thanks for all your laughs over the years. (Gallagher was O.K. too, but you were always my favorite.

  4. Doug Rhodes says:

    Life is good!

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