View Full Version : Who's the best cartoonist??

13th Mar 2006, 16:30
Me, I reckon Gary Larson, by a margin really. He's never failed to crack me up with his surreal scenarios & mixed metaphors. Scott Adams next - Dilbert really does capture the futility of the corporate drone. Then again, I loved Asterix as a child.

Over to you lot - If anyone knows how to do a poll thingummy, that'd be great:ok:

green granite
13th Mar 2006, 16:39
Charles Peattie & Russell Taylor (Alex the banker) http://www.alexcartoon.com/
And of course the late lamented GILES

13th Mar 2006, 16:44
Gary Larson is very high on the list.
As is Chas Addams.
And Joscha Sauer http://www.nichtlustig.de/main.html .

13th Mar 2006, 16:47
Reg Smythe, without a doubt (Andy Capp for those who don't recognise the name), Giles a close second - Grandma takes a lot of beating.

13th Mar 2006, 16:48
Always like Don Martin who did magical cartoons in MAD Magazine in the 60s

13th Mar 2006, 16:51
Bill Watterson's 'Calvin and Hobbes' usually does it for me. (Should I have grown out of it by now?)


13th Mar 2006, 16:58
Anyone Danish....

13th Mar 2006, 17:00
Matt from the Daily Telegraph is an excellent satirist, but I think that the best cartoonist has to be Charles Schultz, for portraying so much expression with so few lines.


Lon More
13th Mar 2006, 17:05
Gary Clarke's Swamp strips. Even an aviation (http://swamp.com.au/(l4q2uzbr4vsmq1rqkf2pmt45)/Default.aspx) thread


13th Mar 2006, 17:20
All of the above, but my all times favorite is Berkeley Breathed.

Krystal n chips
13th Mar 2006, 17:54
Matt, Giles :ok: and the incomparable and excellent----Steve Bell ! :E

13th Mar 2006, 18:11
And Joscha Sauer http://www.nichtlustig.de/main.html .

I'm sure it was one of his cards that I saw (and bought) depicting a creature standing at Casualty Reception with its beak OBVIOUSLY fastened shut, with the receptionist saying 'I'm sorry, you'll have to speak more distinctly' (sorry my translation from the German is the best I can do).

13th Mar 2006, 18:46
Figment (ex BA skipper) for things aviation and the Alex series in the Torygraph do it for me.....

13th Mar 2006, 18:52
When you say "cartoonist" are we talking the whole package, the artistry or the humour/content???

13th Mar 2006, 19:26
I'm with Charles Shultz, although Johnny Hart (BC) runs him pretty close

Onan the Clumsy
13th Mar 2006, 19:26
I like Jerricho's often pithy observations on life

Also Roz Chast and Glen Baxter to name some unmentioned ones :8

Damn! someone got in there

I like that Schulz used to do all his own drawing and never farmed it out

13th Mar 2006, 19:59
I have a short list.

Bill Watterson, Johnny Hart - before he got religion, Gary Larson, Giles, Berke Breathed - the original Bloom County - not the new dreck, Charles Schulz and Gary Trudeau.

However, they all run second to this guy. (www.nachshon.org.il/~itzs/Don%20Martin/html/cave1a.htm) For instance, who knew that lightning bolts went ZOT!! and King Kong went OONT! GROONT! :D

13th Mar 2006, 20:16
I have to agree with TopBunk, Figment (aka John Reed) is my favourite.
I still have the cartoons he did for me once!

The Strez
13th Mar 2006, 20:42
Murray Ball (Footrot Flats).

13th Mar 2006, 22:00
Non Sequitur by Wiley has some real hits, but also a lot of misses. IMO it was more consistent a decade ago before the little girl appeared in so many strips.

One of his best was "A la carte" airlines - with posted tarif Takeoff $5 Landing $500 Luggage Not Sent to Guam $100 Window or Aisle $100 Between Two Fat Guys FREE - long before your loco lines took his hint. [1995]

Fellow in KKK robes carrying a torch in store advertising "White Sale". One clerk to the other "Tell him we sell twin, full, queen and king sizes, NOT 39 regular. [1993]

Castle drawbridge doesn't reach all the way across moat. "Tech" on dry land saying "Well it appears to me that the problem is on your end." to king at castle end. In a little box ""And thus was born the most revered phrase in tech support."

How reporters start their day at work. Reporters throwing darts at board covered with labels: ploitics, economy, car repair, aerospace, oil, vinegar, oboe, septic tanks, world peace , ...... [1993]

13th Mar 2006, 22:17
Gary Larson wins by a mile. No further debate required.....

13th Mar 2006, 22:37
In my book it has to be Giles, the equivalent of Billy Connoly but on paper, just pure observations on life rather than jokes if that makes sense. Second would be Jim davis of Garfield fame and of course Schultz all are good at taking the p##s out of life itself.

13th Mar 2006, 23:15
Gary Larson was very good, but for constant quality, appreciation of current affairs and overall wit, it's got to be Matt.

13th Mar 2006, 23:42
Matt and the guy who does 'Alex' are favourites, but head and shoulders above them was Giles. His cartoons are funny on so many levels -- every time you look at one, you can see some new detail.

14th Mar 2006, 00:26
Got to agree with most mentioned above, love Non-Sequiter, Calvin and Hobbes always makes me chuckle, and Gary Larson well, he's a dead-set genius.

But how about Stan Lee? a different sort of cartoonist ill give you that, but the man who brought us Capt America, Spiderman, Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men and many more.

Just a thought


14th Mar 2006, 00:34
Can't believe nobody's mentioned Jim Unger yet!

See yesterday's Herman here (http://www.comics.com/comics/herman/archive/herman-20060312.html)...

...and here (http://www.comics.com/comics/herman/archive/herman-20060302.html)'s one for Jerricho.

Buster Hyman
14th Mar 2006, 02:11
Me! The rest are amateurs!:ok:

14th Mar 2006, 03:58
I like Jerricho's often pithy observations on life

When I find out that that means, I'm gonna be pithy with you :suspect:

14th Mar 2006, 05:35

Solid Rust Twotter
14th Mar 2006, 06:22
Colonel Bob Stevens

14th Mar 2006, 06:24
Ignore him Mr J.....he's taking the pith. ;)

14th Mar 2006, 07:46
Past: Giles
Present: Jef Mallett - 'Frazz'.

14th Mar 2006, 15:03
And the worst is................... Garland of the Torygraph. Quite pathetic, with bad drawing and simplistic, daft captions.

14th Mar 2006, 15:04
Yeah, thanks Ac...............

Pith off Onan.

Send Clowns
14th Mar 2006, 15:10
Stephan Pastis is a genius, with Pearls Before Swine (http://www.comics.com/comics/pearls/index.html). Found it when Scott Adams (Dilbert's writer) recommended it. Matt is the best for current affairs satire.

Windy Militant
14th Mar 2006, 16:35
Having been beaten To Footrot Flats and Bloom county, then it has to be
Paul Sample - Ogri (Bike Magazine) and many other er adult publications.
Simon O'Leary - Fred Gassit (Kiwi Bike Hooner).
Andie Sparrow- Bloodrunners and various other really weird stuff.

14th Mar 2006, 17:30
I was going to post a Figment sample cartoon, but it says I may not post attachments.

So how have others embedded samples in their postings?

14th Mar 2006, 23:09
Two of my favourites are Bill Tidy and Honeysett. Classic Grim North of England cartoonists!

Honeysett's cat and pirhana is an absolute classic.

Have to agree Footrot Flats and Berkley Breathed also quite good.

14th Mar 2006, 23:21
I was going to post a Figment sample cartoon, but it says I may not post attachments.
That's just the rules. Do it when the Mods aren't looking . . .

15th Mar 2006, 21:32
Giles. Can't stand 'im. Awful.
Calvin and Hobes (sp) - excellent
Fat Freddy - excellent
Dilbert by Scott Adams - excellent, but oddly depressing

But by far the best, for pure drawing and art skill must be Simon Bisley who illustrated 'Slaine, The Horned God', (Irish legend stuff) with words by Pat Mills, who (Pat) also worked on 'Charleys war' and 'ABC Warriors'. Fantastic.


16th Mar 2006, 02:20
Not the slightest doubt in my mind. Its Tugg. http://www.cartoonstock.com/portfolios/Tugg.asp
He was in the daily Mirror years ago but is still well known to readers of the Navy News. My all time favourite cartoon has a company of Royal Marines, fully kitted up clambering down the side of a ship into their landing craft. Jack the matelot is shown leaning on the rail with his customary dead pan expression, asking "'Ere Royal, 'ow'd yer wangle the run ashore?"

16th Mar 2006, 10:12
Don Martin:


16th Mar 2006, 10:28
Murray Ball was great. Wish I knew what I'd done with my FF books. These days I tend to look at Dilbert then Get Fuzzy (Darbey Conley). Kieran Meehan (Meehan Streak which morphed into Tribal) was good, but seems to have stopped doing that.

16th Mar 2006, 11:01
It's got to be that bloke out of Coronation Street


16th Mar 2006, 11:35
Ah Blacksheep beat me to it. Tugg, Also a Larson fan, shame he retired.

16th Mar 2006, 13:15
Giles is well up on the list for me, especially the one where an AA and RAC patrolman were watching the unloading of cars from the ferry at dockside and one slips off the crane and disappears rearwards into the oggin.

Both stare intently at the grille and the caption is 'Yours, I believe?'.

Living in Harwich at the time added to the appreciation!

Windy Militant
16th Mar 2006, 16:34
Actually now that I've thought about it it has to be the Aussie bloke, who when some bludger nicked his push bike, whipped off a cartoon of the bloke who did it, that was good enough for the coppers to nab the mongrel! :ok:

Buster Hyman
16th Mar 2006, 21:40
It was Weg Windy :ok:

Weg (http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/making-a-mug-of-a-robber/2006/01/17/1137466991594.html)

Low Flier
17th Mar 2006, 04:02

17th Mar 2006, 06:07
For me, definitely Gary Larson, he's simply the best! :ok: i also like Giles in a way...:D

Bob Murphie
18th Mar 2006, 07:15
Bill Hooper 1940's P/O Prune, historical and relevant to this forum to boot.

Haven't the technical skills to reproduce the cartoons from my WW2 book.