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John Wellington (Jack) Kent (1920-1985), born in Burlington, Iowa, was the creator of a critically-praised but little known comic strip, King Aroo. Set in the semi-mythical kingdom of Myopia, the strip debuted in 1950 and lasted until 1965, though it never ran in many papers. Kent met his wife, June Kilstofte, in San Antonio, Texas, where he was living when a local newspaper sent her to interview him about King Aroo: they named their home on the banks of the San Antonio river "King Aroo's Castle". After retiring the comic strip, Kent returned a few years later for a prolific career putting his whimsical touch to writing and illustrating books for children.