George Wildman (July 31, 1927 – May 22, 2016) is an American cartoonist most noted for his work in the comic books industry. From 1971 until 1985 he was a top editor at Charlton Comics, where he also became the long-time regular artist on Popeye comic books.
Early life and career
Wildman, a lifelong resident of Connecticut, served in the United States Navy in both World War II and the Korean War. During World War II he was a Navy recruiter, and after the end of World War II, he joined the Naval Reserves. Recalled to duty in Korea, he served on the USS New Jersey.
Returning home, Wildman studied advertising at what later became the Paier College of Art. In the 1950s, he was a commercial artist, first working for an ad agency and then as a freelance artist. During this time, he began producing art for Charlton Comics in Derby, Connecticut.