Saturday, November 18, 2006

Allen Wade, by John Sparey

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.


Anonymous said...

I've enjoyed them so much. Thanks for posting them! :D

Anonymous said...

Al Wade was a good friend and a huge Bing Crosby fan. I'll never forget the day Al actually got to meet "Der Bingo" in person.

Anyway, Al was a great guy, and we all still miss him.

Anonymous said...

Al Wade actually claimed to be the unofficial son of Bing Crosby. Take another look at those eyes and ears before you term it hogwash. With both Bing and Al gone, we'll never know.

Anonymous said...

I know John Sparey and have been helping him sell many of his items on eBay. I just listed today hundreds of his drawings, notes, humor , and more. Just really amazing items. Here is the link to it, but be warned, I included about 170 photos there so it will take a long time to load for some. One of the most interesting things here is John's relationship with Ralph Baksi. If anyone has any questions, please let me know, thanks, Eric

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