Comic Book Cats, number 191: Spooky by Bill Holman, published on June 27, 1937.
Spooky the Cat was the creation of cartoonist Bill Holman, who nowadays is best remembered for his work on Smokey Stover, the comic strip featuring the misadventures of a screwball firefighter that ran from 1935 to 1973. Spooky was a “topper” strip, i.e. a smaller secondary strip that ran atop the Smokey Stover installments on Sundays. Black cat Spooky, with his red bandaged tail, lived with his human Fenwick Flooky, causing all sorts of mischief.
Bill Holman was born in 1903 in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He began drawing at a young age and started his professional career as an artist in 1922. In addition to his work on Smokey Stover and Spooky, Holman the Nuts and Jolts panel gag cartoon. Holman was a co-founder of the National Cartoonists Society and served as its president from 1961 to 1962. He passed away in February 1987 at the age of 83.