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Famous Cartoonists from the United States

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List of notable or famous cartoonists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top cartoonists born in the United States and even some popular cartoonists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American cartoonists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These cartoonists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known cartoonist from the United States is included when available.

Dr. Seuss and Matt Groening are included on this list along with many more.

This historic cartoonists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American cartoonists of note?" and "Who are the most famous cartoonists from the United States?" These prominent cartoonists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American cartoonists.

Use this list of renowned American cartoonists to discover some new cartoonists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
  • Kevin Smith1

    BirthplaceRed Bank, New Jersey, United States of America

    Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic...  more

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  • Stan Lee2

    Stan Lee

    Age: 97

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber ; December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American...  more

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  • Joss Whedon3

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    Joseph Hill Whedon (; born June 23, 1964) is an American producer, director, screenwriter,...  more

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  • Dr. Seuss4

    Dr. Seuss

    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American ...  more

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  • Matt Groening5

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Matthew Abraham Groening ( (listen) GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American...  more

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  • Charles M. Schulz6

    Charles M. Schulz

    Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)

    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

    Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz (; November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American...  more

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  • Mike Judge7

    Mike Judge

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceGuayaquil, Ecuador

    Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator,...  more
  • Chuck Jones8

    Chuck Jones

    Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)

    BirthplaceSpokane, Washington, United States of America

    Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator,...  more

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  • Friz Freleng9

    Friz Freleng

    Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

    Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an...  more
  • J. Michael Straczynski10

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey, United States of America

    Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954) is an American television and film...  more

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  • Walter Lantz11

    Walter Lantz

    Dec. at 95 (1899-1994)

    BirthplaceUSA, New York, New Rochelle

    Walter Benjamin Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator,...  more
  • John Byrne12

    John Byrne

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceWest Bromwich, United Kingdom

    John Lindley Byrne (; born July 6, 1950) is a British-born American writer and artist of...  more
  • Bill Mauldin13

    Bill Mauldin

    Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

    BirthplaceMountain Park, New Mexico, United States of America

    William Henry "Bill" Mauldin (; October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) was an American editorial...  more
  • William Hanna14

    William Hanna

    Dec. at 91 (1910-2001)

    BirthplaceMelrose, New Mexico, United States of America

    William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director,...  more
  • Bob Gale15

    Bob Gale

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceUniversity City, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Michael Robert Gale (born May 25, 1951) is an American screenwriter, producer and film...  more
  • Allan Heinberg16
    Allan Heinberg (born June 29, 1967) is an American film screenwriter, television writer and...  more
  • Samuel R. Delany17

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America

    Samuel R. Delany (; born April 1, 1942), Chip Delany to his friends, is an African-American...  more

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  • Al Capp18

    Al Capp

    Dec. at 70 (1909-1979)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, New Haven, New England, New Haven County, Connecticut

    Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), better known as Al Capp, was an...  more

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  • Scott Adams19

    BirthplaceWindham, New York

    Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the...  more

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  • Edward Gorey20

    Edward Gorey

    Dec. at 75 (1925-2000)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000) was an American writer and artist...  more

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  • Joseph Barbera21

    Joseph Barbera

    Dec. at 95 (1911-2006)

    BirthplaceDelancey Street

    Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BAIR-ə, BAR-bər-ə, Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December...  more
  • Frank Cho22

    Frank Cho

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceSeoul, South Korea

    Frank Cho, born Duk Hyun Cho, is a Korean-American comic strip and comic book writer and...  more
  • Shel Silverstein23

    Shel Silverstein

    Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American writer...  more


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  • Amber Benson24

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama, United States of America

    Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and...  more
  • Jack Kirby25

    Jack Kirby

    Dec. at 77 (1917-1994)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg (); August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was an American comic...  more