Pete Millar was one of the greatest and most popular hot rod cartoonists to come around. We shared some of Millar's cartoons and illustrations in the August issue of Rod & Custom. You'll find that story reproduced elsewhere on this Web site. It is not well-known that, in addition to the pen-and-ink drawings that Millar did for Rod & Custom, CARtoons, Drag Cartoons, and other publications, he produced some fine art as well. He was a skillful painter-as you'd expect from studying some of his more detailed full-color magazine art-and also a very talented sculptor. Millar's bronze sculptures, ranging in height from approximately 12 to 18 inches, fill the house where his wife Orah Mae still lives. Sometimes his subjects were automotive, but more often they were based on western themes. Native Americans, in particular, were a great influence.
Many of Pete Millar's biggest fans were-and are-unaware of the non-automotive, non-cartoon side of Millar's extensive talent, represented here by this small sample of extraordinary sculptures.