Percy Leo Crosby was an author, illustrator and cartoonist, whose most famous comic was Skippy (1923-45). In 1931, Skippy was made into a movie which won an Oscar for director Norman Taurog. Crosby began his career as a sports columnist and illustrator for the New York Globe. In the middle of the 1940s he was diagnosed with severe alcoholism, and lost his company, his family, and his work. In 1948, after the death of his mother, he survived a suicide attempt and was declared schizophrenic. After that, he tried several times to sell new manuscripts and drawings, but with no success. He then was falsely imprisoned in a New York mental hospital for the last 16 years of his life, before dying on his 73rd birthday after months in a coma, caused by a heart attack. The figure Skippy is considered an important inspiration for the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz.