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    Beginning in January of 1948 Gus was drawn by veteran artist Ray Quigley.  The picture were so realistic and thought provoking that Popular Science would often get mail sent to Gus. I was fortunate to acquire one of Ray's original  creations for  the December 1962 edition.  I was surfing e-bay for Popular Science and Gus related articles when the original drawing auction appeared.  I won two of those auctions and passed one on to Don Miller who pioneered the Gus website. This is an excerpt from the "Famous Artist School" Catalog  giving information about one of it's prized instructors, Ray Quigley: Here is an excellent biography for Ray by David Saunders. 

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   Born in Syracuse, New York, Quigley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Syracuse University. During the Depression he designed milk product containers and was happy to get paid for his artwork. Later he produced art for an advertising studio in Boston, and Quigley's work appeared in several national magazines. He returned to New York and worked as a photographer before writing adventure strips such as Jungle Jim.

   Quigley began working for United Aircraft as a draftsman when World War II began, and by war's end he was designing jets. In charge of three departments and with a large staff under him, Quigley showed the leadership and cooperation skills that would help him as he turned to free-lance art and teaching. Quigley taught at Famous Artists School, Brooklyn Museum Art School, and spent fifteen years teaching art in Easton, Connecticut where he lived with his family. Always busy, Quigley created pictures for large, well-known corporations and book publishers, painted portraits, and had his water color paintings exhibited. For Popular Science he designed the artwork for the feature "Model Garage" with the character Gus Wilson from 1948 until 1970. Quigley has since passed away, but his artwork is much sought-after.