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Ben Batsford was an American cartoonist born on June 5, 1893, in Canada. He worked for the Winnipeg Free Press as an editorial cartoonist. He also served in France during World War I. After the War, he moved to America and became a police reporter. In 1921, he created the strip Billy's Uncle, which was syndicated by George Matthew Adams Service until 1926. After that he joined King Features Syndicate, where he drew Doings of the Duffs for a while. From 1929-1930, he drew Little Annie Rooney, and from 1934-1938, he drew Frankie Doodle. In 1939, he drew Mortimer & Charlie, based on Edgar Bergen's popular radio show, and in the early 1940s, he illustrated the comic book Helpful Herbert.