Boston Herald Editorial Cartoon Is, Well, a Joke

September 9, 2018

Ever since the shrink local tabloid cashiered its estimable editorial cartoonist Jerry Holbert, the paper’s syndicated substitutes have left much to be desired.

But today’s cartoon is flat-out dopey.


Memo to cartoonist Chip Bok: That was Cory Booker’s I Am Spartacus moment. Not to get technical about.

Doesn’t count that you fixed it on your website.

Two-Cartoonist Town (Aaron Hernandez Edition)

April 17, 2015

From our Late to the Guilty Party desk

The hardreading staff is always pleased when the editorial cartoonists at the Boston dailies attack the same subject, and the verdict in the Aaron Hernandez trial is no exception.

Yesterday’s Boston Herald featured Jerry Holbert’s take.


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And yesterday’s Boston Globe featured Dan Wasserman’s take.


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Take that, yeah?

Boston Editorial Cartoonists Fire Bibi Guns

March 4, 2015

As the hardreading staff has often noted, it’s good to live in a Two-Cartoonist Town and etc.

Today’s editions of the local dailies are no exception, providing these nifty bookends.

From the Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:


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From the Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:


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Different world views is exactly right.

Boston Editorial Cartoonists Draw Different Lessons From Ferguson

November 27, 2014

As the hardreading staff has relentlessly noted, it’s good to live in a Two-Cartoonist Town. Wednesday’s local dailies are just the latest example.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:




The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:




That about sums it up, yeah?

Boston Herald Editorial Cartoonist Jumps the Fence

October 1, 2014

As the hardreading staff has said on numerous occasions, Boston is blessed not only to be a two-daily town, but a two-cartoonist town as well.

Today, however, it’s a decidedly mixed blessing.

Both line men address the same topic today, but with very different sensibilities – not to mention sensitivities.

The Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman:




The Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert:


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Seriously? Watermelon flavored?

Quick – get me re-draw.

UPDATE: Actually, someone did call re-draw. From

[A] similar cartoon posted to an archive of Holbert’s work on doesn’t use the watermelon stereotype—in that version, the toothpaste is raspberry-flavored, even though the rest of the cartoon is drawn up exactly the same:


It’s unclear at what point the choice to use “watermelon” was made before the cartoon went to print and appeared in Wednesday’s newspaper.


In fact, it was the other way around, as BoMag‘s update indicates:

Holbert clarified Wednesday that it was his intention to include the term “watermelon” in his cartoon, not thinking about the racial connotations, and the switch to “raspberry” was made by outside editors since his cartoons are syndicated.

Holbert told [Boston Herald radio] that on Tuesday night someone wrote to him and asked if they could change the watermelon reference, and he was “confused” by the request. “I changed it to raspberry and sent it back to them,” he said.


Maybe he should have kept it instead.

Boston Editorial Cartoonists Enter WeinerWorld

July 26, 2013

Boston is blessed not only with two daily newspapers, but with two very talented editorial cartoonists: Dan Wasserman at the Boston Globe, and Jerry Holbert at the Boston Herald.

(You can count on two hands the number of daily newspapers nationally that employ editorial cartoonists. And yes, technically Wasserman may be a syndicated cartoonist rather than a Globe staffer, but his drawings still have a Globe identity.)

In Thursday’s editions, the two coincidentally visited Six Flags Over Anthony Weiner.



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Smart, as usual.

Stop the Presses: Globe and Herald Editorial Cartoonists Agree!

October 6, 2012

Editorial cartoonists Dan Wasserman of the Boston Globe and Jerry Holbert of the Boston Herald had the same line on the first 2012 presidential debate: Barack Obama got totally pwned by Mitt Romney.

Holbert’s version:


Wasserman’s version:


The hardreading staff just hopes this rare two-daily concurrence doesn’t rip a hole in the space/time continuum.

As they say in the news biz: Space/time will tell.


In Praise of Editorial Cartoonists

September 14, 2012

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.


Dailies Double: Boston Papers Hit the Mittfecta

January 14, 2015

Today’s local dailies feature very special Op-Ed ValPaks – columnist + editorial cartoonist – focused on the Last Temptation of Mitt.

Start with the Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh, who provides this summary of Mitt Romney’s Sisyphean presidential history:

Romney has run twice now, and has twice failed to demonstrate convincing campaign competence or a genuine ability to connect. And though an occasional gaffe is inevitable in a long campaign, Romney spent an astonishing amount of time munching on his own shoe leather. Further, even in the GOP’s strange 2012 callithumpian parade of candidates, he had trouble closing the deal . . .

Even by political standards, Mitt’s malleability has left him looking opportunistic and inauthentic. And for good reason: He is.



Lehigh’s conclusion: “For Romney, this looks less like the road to redemption than the path to palookaville.”

Double ouch.

The Globe’s Dan Wasserman is slightly more graphic.


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Coincidentally, the Boston Herald’s Jerry Holbert also goes the superhero route.


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Uh-huh. On the facing page, though, syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg isn’t so sure.

You know how superhero flicks often have an extra scene after the credits to hint at what the sequel will be like? Well, this would be the perfect end to the movie “Romney 2012.”

The problem is that “Romney for president” is now an art house film thinking it’s a blockbuster franchise and that there’s a huge market for another sequel. There’s not.


So third time’s not the charm? Goldberg’s conclusion: “[T]he idea that a one-term Massachusetts governor, who hired Jonathan Gruber to help design his health-care plan, is just what the Republicans need to run against Hillary Clinton is odd, particularly when the GOP has a much more talented, and fresher, field than it did in 2012.”

In other words, don’t bet the Mittfecta.

Boston Dailies Are #NotAfraid

January 8, 2015

As the hardreading staff has noted on numerous occasions, Boston is lucky to be not just a Two-Daily Town, but a Two-Cartoonist Town as well.

The Boston Herald starts with this front page:


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Inside, Jerry Holbert has this to offer:


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Crosstown, the Boston Globe’s Dan Wasserman gets a big chunk of the editorial page:




Cartoonist Ted Rall points this out at The Nib:

More full-time staff political cartoonists were killed in Paris yesterday than are employed at newspapers in the states of California, Texas and New York combined.

More full-time staff cartoonists were killed in Paris yesterday than work at all American magazines and websites combined.


Count your blessings, Boston. In more ways than one.