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Crockett Johnson (Oct 20, 1906 - July 11, 1975) was the pen name of David Johnson Leisk, born in New York City. Johnson drew "The Little Man with the Eyes," a comic strip for Collier's, between 1938 and 1941. His next comic strip, "Barnaby", begun in 1941, ran for twenty-one years and was adapted for a book, a play, radio, and television. In 1940 Johnson married children's author Ruth Krauss, with whom he would collaborate on four children's books. He wrote and illustrated Harold and the Purple Crayon in 1955. "Harold" had six sequels between 1956 and 1963, and was adapted for animated films and television. Crockett Johnson died in Norwalk, Connecticut.