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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. (882 items)
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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 48
Kevin Smith is a film producer.
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Stan Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 96
Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. In collaboration with several artists, ...more
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Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 54
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer and actor. He is the founder of Mutant ...more
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Dr. Seuss is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He had used the pen ...more
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Matt Groening is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 65
Matthew Abram "Matt" Groening is a U.S. cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, animator, author, musician, comedian, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell as ...more
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Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 78 (1922-2000)
harles Monroe Schulz, nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as ...more
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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 56
Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and ...more
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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)
Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts ...more
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Friz Freleng is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1906-1995)
Isadore "Friz" Freleng, often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, and producer famous for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of ...more
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J. Michael Straczynski is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 64
Joseph Michael Straczynski, known professionally as J. Michael Straczynski and informally as Joe Straczynski or jms, is an American writer and producer. He works in films, television series, ...more
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Walter Lantz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1899-1994)
Walter Benjamin Lantz was an American cartoonist, animator, film producer, and director, best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker.
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John Byrne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 68
John Lindley Byrne is a British-born American comic-book writer and artist. Since the mid-1970s, Byrne has worked on many major American superheroes. Byrne's better-known work has been on Marvel ...more
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Bill Mauldin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)
Bill Maudlin was an illustrator.
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William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 91 (1910-2001)
William Denby "Bill" Hanna was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people ...more
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Bob Gale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 67
Michael Robert "Bob" Gale is an American screenwriter, producer and film director. He famously co-wrote the science fiction film Back to the Future with writing partner Robert ...more
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Allan Heinberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 51
Allan Heinberg is an American film screenwriter and comic book writer, who wrote Young Avengers for Marvel Comics, and has been a writer and producer on The Naked Truth, Party of Five, Sex and ...more
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Samuel R. Delany is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 76
Samuel Ray Delany, Jr., Chip Delany to his friends, is an American author, professor and literary critic. His work includes fiction, memoir, criticism, and essays on sexuality and society. His ...more
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Al Capp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 70 (1909-1979)
Alfred Gerald Caplin, better known as Al Capp, was an American cartoonist and humorist best known for the satirical comic strip Li'l Abner, which he created in 1934 and continued writing and ...more
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Scott Adams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 61
Scott Raymond Adams is an American cartoonist, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation. His Dilbert ...more
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Edward Gorey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1925-2000)
Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and ...more
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Joseph Barbera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1911-2006)
Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera was an Italian-American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained ...more
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Frank Cho is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 47
Frank Cho, born Duk Hyun Cho, is a Korean-American comic strip and comic book writer and illustrator, known for his series Liberty Meadows, as well as for books such as Shanna the She-Devil, ...more
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Shel Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1930-1999)
Sheldon Allan "Shel" Silverstein was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books. He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works. ...more
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Amber Benson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
age 42
Amber Nicole Benson is an American writer, director, producer, and actress. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but has also directed, ...more
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Jack Kirby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Cartoonists from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1917-1994)
Jack Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg, was an American comic book artist, writer and editor regarded by historians and fans as one of the major innovators and most influential creators in the comic ...more