Our survey of John Sparey's portraits and caricatures concludes with this view of the late Allen Wade.
Allen started at Disney as an inbetweener in 1951 and three years later left for UPA. He went on to work as an assistant animator for Warners, Format, Detiege, Hanna-Barbera, Ed Love, Filmation and Marvel. He retired in 1987 and passed away in 1990.
We've been focusing on John's caricatures these past few months because we love Mr. Sparey's work, and because he celebrates industry employees who aren't well-known, even to animation aficionados. But well-known or not, all of these artists -- the Sudings, Herschensons, Zwickers, Crumps and Tamargos -- played a part in getting the likes of Lady and the Tramp, Huckleberry Hound and Gerald McBoing-Boing onto various-size screens and into the heads of generations of 'toon watchers. We're pleased and honored that John Sparey allowed us the privilege of sharing them with you.