Longtime Burbank resident Tom Medley, creator of the "Stroker McGurk" cartoon series that ran in Hot Rod magazine, died Sunday.
He would've turned 94 this month.
The hot rod legend, who died following a short illness, is survived by his son Gary Medley, who remembered his father as a funny, energetic man, deeply loved by many.
The Oregon-native moved to California after serving in the U.S. Army in World War II and was accepted to study at the Art Center College of Design, then known at the Art Center School.
That's where he became immersed in the Southern California hot rod scene and began sketching cartoons on local car culture.
He joined Hot Rod magazine in 1948 – for its second issue – as "humor and cartoon editor." Shortly after, he created Stroker McGurk. The cartoon series ran in Hot Rod from 1948 to 1955, and made a brief comeback in the 1960s.