Elias "Eli" Bauer (17 November 1928 - 7 January 1998) was an American animator and comics artist.
He went on to become a storyman and layout artist working for Ray Patin Productions in Hollywood, California, and for Terrytoons in New Rochelle, New York. While at Terrytoons, Bauer created the popular animated character "Hector Heathcote", the Minute and a Half Man. He also freelanced and found success with his own comic strips "Kermit the Hermit" and "Norman" and formed a production company, Ariel Productions, with the late Al Kouzel that created Sesame Street animated spots, commercials and continued the Winky Dink and You TV series.
In 1958, Bauer married Norma (Dianne) Littlejohn. They had three children, Nyles Bauer (born 1961), Aimee Bauer (1962) and Laura Bauer (1965).