Historical Cartoons


Will Eisner (1917 – 2005)

William Erwin Eisner was an American cartoonist, writer and teacher of Austrian descent. Eisner’s father Samuel Eisner was born in Kolomyia, Austria-Hungary. Aspiring to be an artist he painted murals in Vienna. Before the outbreak of the First World War,… Continue Reading →

Jackie Ormes (1911 – 1985)

Jackie Ormes was born Zelda Mavin Jackson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to parents William Winfield Jackson and Mary Brown Jackson. Her father was killed in an automobile accident in 1917. Jackie’s mother remarried and the family relocated to the nearby suburb… Continue Reading →

Georges Rémi (Hergé) (1907 – 1983)

Georges Rémi (famous as Hergé) was a Belgian cartoonist: creator of “The  Adventures of Tintin and Snowy”. He was born in Etterbeek a central suburb of Brussels. His Walloon father, Alexis Remi, worked in a confectionery factory, his mother Elisabeth Dufour… Continue Reading →

Rudolph Dirks (1897 – 1913)

Rudolph Dirks was born in Heide, Germany and died in 1968 in New York. At the age of 7 Dirks moved with his family to Chicago, and at 17 he went to New York City, where he worked as staff artist… Continue Reading →

George Grosz (1893 – 1959)

Grosz was born as Georg Ehrenfried Groß in Berlin, Germany. He grew up in the Pomeranian town of Stolp (Słupsk), where his mother became the keeper of the local Hussars Officers’ mess after his father died in 1901. Grosz developed… Continue Reading →

Vladimir Mayakowsky (1893 – 1930)

Vladimir Mayakovsky is famous as a Russian poet, honoured as the poet of the Russian Revolution and an inspiring example of a poetical style of life with all he did undertake. But he was also a cartoonist and creator of… Continue Reading →

George Herriman (1880 – 1944)

George Joseph Herriman came from a line of French-speaking Louisiana Creole mulattoes who were reportedly active in the early abolitionist movement. When he was 20, Herriman sneaked aboard a freight train bound for New York City, hoping his chances as… Continue Reading →

Paul Klee (1879 – 1940)

In 1901 Klee wrote in his diary in Rome: “I have now an overview of the culture of the Antiquity and her Renaissance. But I can’t imagine an adequate artistic viewpoint regarding our own time. That makes me desperate. With… Continue Reading →

Grace Dayton (1877 – 1936)

Grace Drayton was one of the first and most successful female cartoonists. Grace Gebbie, her maiden name, was born in Philadelphia in 1877, as the daughter of an art publisher. In 1900, still in her early twenties, she married Theodore… Continue Reading →

Albert Hahn (1877 – 1918)

Albert Hahn was a Dutch political cartoonist, poster artist and book cover designer. He was born in Groningen where his father painted signs and glass and made frames. At the age of nine, he developed tuberculosis in his vertebrae and… Continue Reading →

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