Marc Davis (1913-2000)

Nils Lid Hjort nils at
Fri Jan 21 20:48:51 CET 2000

Marc Davis, one of "the nine grand men (at Disney)", died this week,
at the age of 86. There's a short obituary in the January 24 (!) 
issue of TIME. He helped create Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, 
Tinker Bell, and Cruella de Vil. I understand his contributions are 
also evident in several classic Disney films, such as Bambi and 
Alice in Wonderland. 

As many of us know, Carl Barks was for several years associated
with Kathy Morby and Bill Grandey, business associates who formed 
the "Carl Barks Studio", and who fondly or not so fondly also
were referred to as Carl's bodyguards. After a clarifying fall-out
in and out of court, suitably dealt with on this list a couple of 
years ago, Morby and Grandy left, and went on to establish a very 
similar "Marc Davis Studio". I don't know how successful this was,
or for how long it lasted. 

Davis' primary medium was the "Disney films". But I offer as
a speculative remark that without the work carried out by Marc Davis 
and his most gifted associates, we would perhaps not have, or indeed 
have had, Disney comics. 

Nils Lid Hjort 

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