Nebraska Authors

Jay Alan Klein

AKA: Published under Alan Klein and Jay Alan

Born 1894 Beatrice, NE (USA)

Died 1965

Alan Klein was originally from Beatrice Nebraska and moved to Woodstock, New York later in life. He attended the University of Nebraska and Chicago of Fine Arts. Known for his political cartoons during WWII but mostly for his work with Modest Maidens until AP terminated all its comics in 1961. Alan changed the name to Modern Maidens and began syndicating the cartoon himself.

Places Lived

Beatrice, NE
New York City, NY
Woodstock, NY

Author Of

  • Visual Work


Cartoons; Political Cartoons; World War II


University of Nebraska
Chicago School of Fine Arts



Places Worked

Associated Press to 1961
Independent Syndication


Albert T. Reid Cartoon Collection, Journalism Historical Center, University of Kansas.
Cartoons represented in collection of humorous writing and cartoons, "This Is My Best Humor," 1955
Cartoons in permanent exhibition of cartoons at Reading (PA) Public Museum Art Gallery

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