Kookmeyer, Wilbur

Dim-witted but perpetually optimistic cartoon character invented by Bob Penuelas; star of a self-titled Surfer magazine cartoon strip. Penuelas, from Southern California's Pacific Beach, was co-creator of Maynard and the Rat, a cartoon strip published in Surfer from 1980 to 1987; in 1986, Penuelas began to work exclusively on Wilbur Kookmeyer, a gangly jug-eared character he'd introduced in a Maynard strip. Kookmeyer, outfitted in the trendiest surf gear, including high-top beach sneakers and...