Most of us grew watching Popeye eating spinach and Tom chasing Jerry, most likely just a handful knew the man behind it all. Eugene Merril Deitch, most commonly known simply as Gene Deitch, was an American illustrator, animator, comics artist, and movie director.
Deitch lived most of his life living in Prague, where he relocated back in 1959 when Rembrandt Films promised to fund Munro. He lived there his whole life and sadly passed suddenly on April 16, 2020, at the mature age of 95. Since hearing about his passing, artists from all over the world have overwhelmed the Internet with touching artwork as a tribute to the deceased master illustrator.