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List of Famous Cartoonists

List of famous cartoonists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top cartoonists in the world? This includes the most prominent cartoonists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Cartoon fans will also enjoy Calvin & Hobbes obscure trivia and videos of legendary artists drawing their iconic characters. This list of notable cartoonists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic cartoonists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned cartoonists.

The list of popular cartoon artists include Dr. Seuss, Bill Watterson, Charles M. Schulz, Matt Groening, and more. Featuring political cartoonists, cartoon creators, and great American cartoonists, this list has them all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known cartoonists to the lesser known cartoonists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the cartoonist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cartoonists ever?" and "What are the names of famous cartoonists?" then you're in the right place. 

  • Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz (; November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, ...more
  • William Boyd Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American former cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing ...more
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel ( or (listen); March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He is ...more
  • Matthew Abraham Groening ( (listen) GRAY-ning; born February 15, 1954) is an American cartoonist, writer, producer, animator, and voice actor. He is the creator of the comic strip Life in Hell ...more
  • Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator, cartoonist, actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, composer, filmmaker, and former physicist. Judge ...more
  • Alan Moore (born 18 November 1953) is an English writer known primarily for his work in comic books including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The Ballad of Halo Jones, Swamp Thing, Batman: The Killing Joke ...more
  • Reuben Garrett Lucius Goldberg (July 4, 1883 – December 7, 1970), known best as Rube Goldberg, was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for his ...more
  • Kevin Patrick Smith (born August 2, 1970) is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster. He came to prominence with the low-budget comedy film Clerks (1994), ...more
  • Joseph Hill Whedon (; born June 23, 1964) is an American producer, director, screenwriter, comic book writer, and composer. He is the founder of Mutant Enemy Productions and co-founder of Bellwether ...more
  • Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Laxman (24 October 1921 – 26 January 2015) was an Indian cartoonist, illustrator, and humorist. He was best known for his creation The Common Man and for his daily cartoon ...more
  • Charlton "Charlie" Brooker (born 3 March 1971) is an English humourist, critic, author, screenwriter, producer, and television presenter. He is the creator and co-showrunner of the anthology series ...more
  • Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter, best known for his work with Warner Bros. Cartoons on ...more
  • Georges Prosper Remi (French: [ʁəmi]; 22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), known by the pen name Hergé (; French: [ɛʁʒe]), was a Belgian cartoonist. He is best known for creating The Adventures of Tintin, ...more
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky (Spanish: [xoðoˈɾofski]; born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker. Since 1948, Jodorowsky has worked as a novelist, screenwriter, a poet, a playwright, an ...more
  • Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk music. A ...more
  • Isadore "Friz" Freleng (August 21, 1906 – May 26, 1995), often credited as I. Freleng, was an American animator, cartoonist, director, producer, and composer known for his work at Warner Bros. ...more
  • Joseph Michael Straczynski (; born July 17, 1954) is an American television and film screenwriter, producer, director, and comic book writer. He is the founder of Studio JMS, and is best known as the ...more
  • John Lindley Byrne (; born July 6, 1950) is a British-born American writer and artist of superhero comics. Since the mid-1970s, Byrne has worked on many major superheroes, with noted work on Marvel ...more
  • William Henry "Bill" Mauldin (; October 29, 1921 – January 22, 2003) was an American editorial cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes for his work. He was most famous for his World War II cartoons ...more
  • Beth Torbert (born June 15, 1971) is an Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and motivational speaker best known by her stage name Bif Naked.
  • Michael Robert Gale (born May 25, 1951) is an American screenwriter, producer and film director. He co-wrote the science fiction comedy film Back to the Future with writing partner Robert Zemeckis, ...more
  • Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip, and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business. His Dilbert series came to national ...more
  • Allan Heinberg (born June 29, 1967) is an American film screenwriter, television writer and producer and comic book writer. Heinberg is the screenwriter of the film Wonder Woman, directed by Patty ...more
  • Alfred Gerald Caplin (September 28, 1909 – November 5, 1979), 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 ...more
  • Edward St. John Gorey (February 22, 1925 – April 15, 2000) was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling ...more