Peter J. Alvarado, Jr. (February 22, 1920--December 27, 2003) was an American animation and comic book artist. Alvarado's animation career spanned almost 60 years. He was also a prolific contributor to Western Publishing's line of comic books.
Alvarado returned to California and Disney Studio in 1941. He left Disney in 1946 to work for Warner Bros. Animation. Alvarado became the Background painter for Chuck Jones, and his first screen credit was on the 1947 Pepé Le Pew short, "Scent-imental Over You." He held this position until 1951, Working on several catyoons such as the first Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner cartoon, "Fast and Furry-ous, and Chuck Jones oscar winning short For Scent-imental Reasons. His last work with Jones was "Scentimental Romeo" in 1951, another cartoon featuring Pepé Le Pew. Alvarado went on to Replace Cornett Wood as chief layout artist for Robert McKimson's unit.
After Warner Bros. Animation studios closed their doors, Alvarado joined DePatie-Freleng Enterprises. He worked on several Pink Panther shorts, as well as the short lived animated series Super President.
Around 1971 Alvarado joined Hanna-Barbera as a layout artist; he worked on such series as The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971), Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (1974), and many others. Alvarado also provided animation and layout work for Film Roman (Garfield and Friends).
The bulk of Alvarado's work at Western was for their "funny animal" line of comic books. Alvarado provided artwork for almost every Disney (Chip 'n Dale, Scamp), Warner Bros. (Tweety & Sylvester, Road Runner), Hanna-Barbera (Yogi Bear) and Walter Lantz (Andy Panda) licensed title. He also illustrated comic book adapations of the animated films The Rescuers, Robin Hood, and Gay Purr-ee.
Alvarado retired from animation in 1999. He died of a heart attack on December 27, 2003, in La Crescenta, California.