Chuck Sharman (1922-1995)


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I found these books, and others, at Robert’s Books, Highway 101 in Lincoln City, Oregon.

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PS-check out the side parking lot, interesting things to see.

Salt Chuck is supposedly derived from the Chinook language of the Pacific North West Chinook Indians, and is variously described as being, The sea, or an inlet of the sea which flows into a lake or river. It is also described as the Ocean or any body of salt water.

Chuck Sharman was in the Navy in WWII, really in the Navy as he was on board the USS California when Japan set it to the bottom at Pearl Harbor. The battleship was later raised and fought in other actions in the Pacific.

From the books, Leonard and Reva Brooks: Artists in Exile in San Miguel de Allende  

Copyright Date: 2001 Published by: McGill-Queen’s University Press Pages: 488
And, Analecta: Seclected Reflections on a Cartoonist’s life. Jim Whiting    Trafford Publishing, 2001.

We learn that after the war he, along with many other GI’s, took advantage of the GI Bill to attend school. Sharman attended Cartoonist’s and Illustratiors School in New York City. (I believe it is now called School of Visual Arts)

Later he studied at in Mexico. There is a reference from above to a headline in Life Magazine, Jan 5 1948 which reads something like this:

GI Paradise

Veterans go to Mexico to study Art.  Live Cheap and have a good time.

Also their $65 a month would go much further south of the border…

He seems to have bounced around the country, but always coming back to his native Washington state. He was married, and there is a reference to her in Analectc. Her name was Bunny.

While drawing, he worked as an Art Director for a small Florida magazine, and in radio as a ‘morning man’.

Eventually he returned to Washington state. He used a Friday Harbor address for his copyright notice.

His books were self syndicated, which may explain why they are not found on places such as “Go Comics”, or other web publishers of cartoon strips. The two books I have are both autographed to the same person. One book has the inscription, “Boat Show ’86-good to see you again.”

The facebook page, Cartoonists Northwest, lists their Guest speakers over the years. Nov-83 Chuck Sharman Sells syndicated “Salt Chuck” strip, was included in the list.

(Facebook page: )

Salt Chuck Ups Anchor, was published in 1984, and Salt Chuck..Cruisin’ an’ Cussin’ was published in 1985. There is a third book, published in 1983, which I do not have, called either Salt Chuck on the Rocks, or A Boaters Book of Chuckles Salt Chuck on the Rocks.

He illustrated two books by Jack Pickett. The first in the 70’s , called Charley.

Courtesy of Easy Chair Books, Lexington, MO, US, by way of we have a photo of the cover which features a Bull. That book and a 1983 sequel, Charley II, were published by California Farmer, out of San Francisco, so I guess both books are about a Bull.Charley

As for my two books, Salt Chuck is the captain of an unnamed boat. His crew is Ace. Most scenes are of Salt sitting on the dock, interacting with a also unnamed neighbor kid, or a sweet young thing (also unnamed), who asks nautical questions to which Salt gives nonsensical answers. There is a Greek chorus who we see every so often in the form of a Seagull or two, a bucket of clams and sometimes a dog. Occasionally, we see Salt at sea. Some panels have what seems to be a cartoonist name along the edge but actually are homonyms, or a play on the sound of the words and refer to the subject matter of the cartoon.

So, let us look at some of the cartoons from the two books.

We’ll start with the sweet young thing who sets up the gags.


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And on to the neighbor kid.

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And while we are still on land, and for your fund of useless knowledge:


Planing Hulls. This fishing boat is either flat-bottomed or V-shaped in front and flatter toward the back. It is designed to lift the front part of the boat out of the water as it speeds up, letting the boat skim across the water. … Most small, power-driven boats have planing hulls.

Definition found at:

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Gollywobbler – A full, quadrilateral sail used in light air on schooners. It is flown high, between the fore and main mast, and is also known as a fisherman’s staysail.
Courtesy of: Glossary of Sailing Terms– Provided by Bosun Michael so’s all you lubbers’ll know what us Salts is talkin’ about: (Note: If you can’t find it here, check out the BIG GLOSSARY) (And if you can´t find it there, try the Nautical Dictionary, Glossary and Terms Directory– put together by Mike MacKenzie)

Baggywrinkle  is a soft covering for cables (or any other obstructions) to reduce sail chafe. There are many points in the rig of a large sailing ship where the sails come into contact with the standing rigging; unprotected sails would soon develop holes at the points of contact.

Baggywrinkle – Wikipedia

Okay, enough of that, how about we just look around the dock and environs.

I did mention the boat has no name.

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Don’t have to be at sea for a sea story.



And while we are ashore, how about some libation.

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Sharman tosses in a few PSA’s, maybe a nod to his broadcasting background.

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Well, let’s cast off.





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Some of Salt’s navigation is suspect.

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Did I mention his navigation?

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I think she is in three cartoons in the third book. Maybe Sharman was developing a relationship for Salt…

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Back in port.

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Final cartoon.

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And there you have it.

Boat safe.





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