IN MEMORIAM: Editorial Cartoonist Deaths – 2010

Paul Conrad (1924 – 2010)
One of the most influential editorial cartoonists to ever put pen to paper, Conrad won three Pultizer Prizes for the cartoons he drew for the Los Angeles Times.  He was also named in Richard Nixon’s enemy list in 1973, a badge he wore with honor. Here’s my blog post about the death of Paul Conrad.

Eugene Gray Payne, Jr. (1919 – 2010)
Gene drew cartoons for over 20 years at the Charlotte Observer, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1968.

R.P. Overmeyer (1948 – 2010)
A long-time contributor, R.P. is most well-known as the creator of the weekly cartoon strip Hollywood Dog.

Edward Sparkman (1921 – 2010)
Sparkman drew sports cartoons for the Tampa Tribune for over 40 years and created Bucco Bruce, the winking pirate logo that adorned the football helmets of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 20 seasons.

Frank Interlandi (1925 – 2010)
Frank drew cartoons for the Los Angeles Times for nearly 20 years, sharing the page with Paul Conrad.

Ed Ashley (1922 – 2010)
Ed drew cartoons for the Toledo Blade during the 1970s and 1980s, where he also did advertising layouts and artwork.

Michael Glen Gauldin (1954 – 2010)
Gauldin drew cartoons for the Arkansas Times, and served as Press Secretary for then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton.

Howard Joseph Brodie (1915 – 2010)
Brodie drew sports cartoons for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a combat artist during WWII, which he spent in the army.

Other editorial cartoonists we lost in 2010:

Chuck Therrien (1924 – 2010)
Therrien drew cartoons for the Curry Coastal Pilot for 15 years during the 1990s and 2000s.

Herman Gutierrez (1924 – 2010)
A commercial artist by trade, Gutierrez sketched daily cartoons to accompany a chosen letter to the editor for the Corpus Christie Caller-Times for 30 years.

Al Cabral (1925 – 2010)
Cabral was a cartoonist and sports illustrator for the Standard Times, who featured his sport germ characters and his comic strip Dr. Pett the Vet.

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

10 replies on “IN MEMORIAM: Editorial Cartoonist Deaths – 2010”

Thank you for this post, and also including their birth/death years . . . many of these cartoonists lived long lives and appear to have lived very full dashes. Of course it's always a bit of a wake up call when I see someone that is younger than me on the list (Michael Glen Gauldin).

Thank you for this tribute to those who have contributed to all of us,
their talent, wit, keen observational skill, and humanity.
They now are NOT forgotten, nor ever could be.

Thank you for the memoriam. It is truly sad to lose so many editorial cartoonists. They have been instrumental in painting pictures which explain complex political issues. I have been grateful for them and have truly enjoyed them through the years. They are true patriots.

This is a meaningful tribute to some of America's best patriots. A picture is worth more than 1000 words, and these talented people said more with their images than an army of politicians full of bloated rhetoric ever could. Thank you to them, and to you, Daryl.

The talent, the courage, the perseverance, the insight, the genuine concern – all of these things only partially describe what the visionary cartoonists have done to "humanize" and help us all to better understand our strengths and our weaknesses, usually with a humorous twist that everyone "gets" without being personally offended. The gift of being able to suddenly turn on a light that makes you laugh out loud, even if it's at your self is a rare and wonderful thing. It is a sad loss to the profession of journalism that editorial cartooning seems headed toward the way of the buggy whip, in spite of our very human need for it. Work on, work on. And, thanks to you all.

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