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Different Worlds – Top Ten Cartoons of the Week

The Top Ten most reprinted editorial cartoons this week again show the stark contrast between what newspaper editors want, what cartoonists want to draw and what we are seeing on the TV news. Come look!

The Top Ten most reprinted editorial cartoons this week again show the stark contrast between what newspaper editors want, what cartoonists want to draw and what we are seeing on the TV news.

Cartoonists want to draw cartoons about Vladimir Putin and the war in Ukraine, which is dominating the television news. Editors have little interest in cartoons about the war. In the past week, only one popular cartoon mentions the war or mentions Putin, in a combined gag about Will Smith and President Biden. It seems like editorial cartoonists and newspaper editors are living in different worlds.

Historians look back at editorial cartoons as a window on their times, reflecting the concerns of readers about the issues of the day; this no longer works, and stopped being true during the Trump administration, when cartoonists were all drawing Trump, who dominated the news while editors had little interest in running editorial cartoons depicting Trump.

Here’s a graph showing the relative number of reprints, and you can see how editors preferred Dave Granlund’s cartoon about Netflix much more than the rest.  Congratulations, Dave!

And here are the Top Ten …

#1

Dave Whamond took the #1 most reprinted spot, by a wide margin.

#2

Rick McKee took second place with his first of two in the Top Ten.

#3

Jeff Koterba took third place.

#4

John Cole nabbed 4th place.

#5

Dave Whamond claims the five-spot with his first of two cartoons in theTop Ten.

#6

Adam Zyglis came in sixth.

#7

Dave Whamond nabs seventh place with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.

#8

Rivers took 8th place.

#9

John Darkow takes 9th place.

#10

Rick McKee wraps it up at number ten with his second cartoon in the Top Ten.


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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.