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Mr. Clean artist Richard Black of Ohio dies at 92

Tuesday - 4/1/2014, 9:40pm  ET

In this photo taken in November 1984, artist Richard Black, left, works with his class at Rosewood Art Centre in Kettering, Ohio. Black, the Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92. The Dayton Daily News reports Black died Sunday, March 30, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News) LOCAL PRINT OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WKEF-TV OUT; WRGT-TV OUT; WDTN-TV OUT

KETTERING, Ohio (AP) -- The Ohio artist who created the Mr. Clean character that became a long-lasting advertising hit has died at age 92.

Fairmont Presbyterian Church in Kettering says services are planned Saturday for Harry Richard Black. The Dayton Daily News reports Black died Sunday at his home after a brief illness.

Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. credits Black with creating the muscular bald man who cleans things up quickly. The company chose his depiction to represent its cleaner when it launched in 1958. Mr. Clean quickly became a popular brand and advertising character.

Black also was among artists behind depictions of Smokey Bear for U.S. Forest Service fire-prevention messages.

The Philadelphia native opened his own studio in 1950 and did illustrations for national companies and magazines. He was a longtime educator at colleges.


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