Joseph Barbera: Italian of the Week


I hope you find this story as interesting as I did. Such a great presentation, of one man’s enormous talent. Enjoy.

Sons of Italy Blog

“My biggest kick comes from the individual fans I run into. Middle-aged men ask me when we’re going to do more Johnny Quest cartoons…Parents look at me like I’m somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we’re enjoying them all over again with our children.”
Joseph Barbera


Joseph-Barbera

Joseph Barbera was born March 24, 1911, in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City. He was the son of Vincente and Francesca, both immigrants from Sicily. He grew up in Brooklyn and had many interests in high school. Joseph tried his hand at theater, drawing, and boxing. He even won the lightweight championship at his high school and considered it as a possible career. He had once said, “In those days, boxing was very glamorous and romantic. You listened to fights on the radio, and a good announcer made it seem like a contest between…

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