In Praise of Editorial Cartoonists

The other night Boston University’s Howard Gotlieb Archival Center hosted a lecture by legendary illustrator Edward Sorel, whose editorial cartoons rank among the 20th century’s most searing commentary on American politics.

Helpful documentary by Sorel’s son Leo here.

Which got the hardreading staff to thinking:

How lucky are we that Boston has not one, but two editorial cartoonists in our local dailies.

First up, the Boston Herald’s reliable Jerry Holbert:



Next up, the Boston Globe’s inspired Dan Wasserman:



Unfortunately, editorial cartoonists are fast becoming an endangered species.

From the American Journalism Review:

Ted Rall, president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, says there are fewer than 100 staff cartoonists in the country, down from about 150 in 1990 and about 280 in 1980.

Outside of New York, Boston might be the only town in America with two daily editorial cartoonists.

You should savor it while it lasts.


3 Responses to In Praise of Editorial Cartoonists

  1. Bill Schweber says:

    Not to be a nay-sayer, but I always thought editorial cartoons were a huge waste of space–and the smugness/smarminess of the cartoonist usually comes through, as well. I don’t miss them at all, sorry. They take a lot of space for a simple point.

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