Stroker McGurk is a cartoon character created by Tom Medley, featured in Hot Rod and Rod & Custom.

Medley's famed creation debuted in the third issue of Hot Rod,[1] and continued in the magazine until 1955. He would reappear briefly in 1964 and 1965,[2] and occasionally in Rod & Custom in the 1980s.

Stroker (as he was always known) drove a trademark 1929 Ford roadster[3] in most of his appearances, but also innovated a number of things later copied by real-life racers, including multiple-engine dragsters, traction bars, and parachutes.[4]

Notes

  1. ^ Tchekmedyian, Alene. "Hot rod legend, Tom Medley, 93, dies", written 7 March 2014, at Los Angeles Times online (retrieved 23 October 2018)
  2. ^ Alverson, Brigid. "Stroker McGurk’ creator Tom Medley passes away", written 12 March 2014, at CBR.rom (retrieved 23 October 2018); Coonan, Steve. "Hot Rodding Legend Tom Medley Passes Away at 93", at Roddersjournal.com (retrieved 23 October 2018)
  3. ^ Medley, Gary (31 December 2017). "Dick Magoo Megugorac – Hot Rodding's Quiet Genius". Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  4. ^ Alverson, Brigid. "Stroker McGurk’ creator Tom Medley passes away", written 12 March 2014, at CBR.rom (retrieved 23 October 2018)