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The Great Mort Drucker Passes Away

I was saddened to learn this morning that cartooning legend, Mort Drucker has passed away at 91.

I grew up loving Mort’s brilliant artwork in Mad Magazine and he was a great influence on my own work. I think Mort was the greatest caricature artist ever. Mort drew the best and most memorable Mad Magazine movie and tv parodies.

I got to know Mort through the National Cartoonists Society. Other cartoonists would trail after him and ask him to draw their portrait, to which Mort would always respond to draw the backs of their heads –that was easier, and quick, and it looked just like them. Mort was a gentleman. I also like that he called everyone “darling.”

Mort was a staple in advertising and magazines, not just in Mad Magazine. He drew tons of magazine covers, advertising and movie posters, including the iconic poster for American Graffiti. I loved his work in black and white, but his color was fantastic. Mort painted over his ink linework with Dr. Martin’s Dyes, a difficult medium that I could never wrap my head around, but it made his colors glow.

Here’s a nice 13 year old post from my friend, Tom Richmond, who followed Mort,  filling his big shoes doing movie parodies for Mad.



Here’s a nice obit from famed comics writer and personality, Mark Evanier.



This piece from Lambiek Encyclopedia gives a nice overview of Mort’s career.


The video below comes from the National Cartoonists Society. It shows Mort interviewed by John Reiner (a great guy who is a brilliant caricature artist himself).


This piece is the front cover of Mort’s book, “Mad About the Movies” …


A fond memory of Mort who drew many Star Wars parodies …


Mort did lots of advertising work. The odd map (below), of how to get to the Mortgage Bankers Association convention in Atlantic City, was a strange journey for me. The ad agency had hired Mort Drucker to do it, and Mort quit after doing the sketch. The job paid pretty well, and Mort’s sketch was nice, so I gave him a call and asked, “What’s up with this job?” I paraphrase from my 30 year old memory – Mort told me this was a job from hell, and the art directors had so many changes he couldn’t stand it any more.” I asked if he minded that I take the job and work from his sketch, and Mort was fine with that, as long as he never had to hear from those art directors again. So I rendered this brochure artwork from Mort’s lovely, rough sketch. And the art directors from hell didn’t give me any trouble – I think Mort wore them down before I stepped in.

If I was an art director, I would never think of asking Mort Drucker to make changes.

Twenty years later, in 2008, the mortgage bankers would destroy the economy – oh! The irony!


Mort is my hero. He taught a generation how to draw. His inspiration lives on.

Photo from the National Cartoonists Society – and probably from my buddy, photographer Greg Preston.
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Our NEW Cartoonist PETER KUPER!

I’m happy to call attention to our new CagleCartoonist, Peter Kuper, who has joined our newspaper syndication package at, along with our store and See our archive of Peter’s latest cartoons on

Peter has an impressive cartooning resume! He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The Nation and MAD magazine where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY in every issue since 1997. He is the co-founder and editor of World War 3 Illustrated, a political graphics magazine that has given a forum to political artists for 40 years. He has produced over two dozen books including The System, Diario de Oaxaca, Ruins (winner of the 2016 Eisner Award) and adaptations of many of Franz Kafka’s works into comics including The Metamorphosis and Kafkaesque (winner of the 2018 Reuben Award). Check out all of Peter’s books on His latest graphic novel is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Peter has lectured around the world and has taught comics courses at The School of Visual Arts in NYC and Harvard University.

I’m delighted to have Peter join us!  Here are Peter’s selections of his favorite 22 cartoons of the past decade that he chose for USA Today.

Look at our other, great collections of Cartoons Favorites of the Decade, selected by the artists.
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Two Cartoonist Legends Pass Away

So sad to see this on the National Cartoonists Society’s (NCS) Facebook page.
13645272_1162221397133070_7943833285429169531_nBoth Jack Davis and Richard Thompson are among the best cartoonists ever. I met them both through the NCS. I grew up with Jack’s brilliant artwork in Mad Magazine; he was a special influence on my own work and a charming gentleman.

The NCS and the world lost 2 cartooning legends today: Jack Davis and Richard Thompson.

Jack was born in 1924, and after his first freelance drawing gig at age 12, went on to become one of the greatest and most respected cartoonists of all time. He leaves behind his loving wife Dena, and a world lessened by the loss of a legend. Jack won the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2000.

13692874_1162221407133069_35823026488229291_oRichard Thompson, in addition to being a successful humorous illustrator for The Washington Post, created one of the most admired newspaper comic strips of the late 20th century, Cul de Sac. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease , and soon after had no choice but to retire the strip. Richard was given the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2011.