Bob Montana was born into a showbiz family. His father, Ray, was a banjo player on the Keith vaudeville circuit—billed alternately as The Great Montana, the Beau Brummel of the West, and (more modestly) as Montana, the Cowboy Banjoist. Bob’s mother, the former Roberta Pandolfini, was a Ziegfeld dancer.
As a young boy, the future cartoonist and his sister would sometimes put on their dancing shoes and join their dad in his finale.
It wasn’t as a hoofer, however, that brought fame to Bob Montana—it was his talent at the drawing board. Our collection of Archie dailies won the Eisner Award last year; our newest book showcases Montana’s Sunday pages. Archie’s Sunday Finest will be on sale in early May. Here are a few examples from the book, including the very first Sunday from October 1946.
I think it’s fair to say there was more than one Great Montana in the family.