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List of Famous Cartoonists

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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. 

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  • Joseph Roland Barbera ( bar-BAIR-ə, BAR-bər-ə, Italian: [barˈbɛːra]; March 24, 1911 – December 18, 2006) was an American animator, director, producer, storyboard artist, and cartoon artist, whose...  more
  • 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, Mighty...  more
  • Amber Nicole Benson (born January 8, 1977) is an American actress, writer, director, and producer. She is best known for her role as Tara Maclay on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and has...  more
  • Jack Kirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg (); August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was an American comic book artist, writer and editor, widely regarded as one of the medium's major innovators and one of its...  more

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  • Dwayne Glenn McDuffie (February 20, 1962 – February 21, 2011) was an American writer of comic books and television, known for creating the animated television series Static Shock, writing and...  more
  • George Booth (born June 28, 1926) is a New Yorker cartoonist. Over time, his cartoons have become an iconic feature of the magazine. In a doodler's style, they feature everymen beset by modern...  more
  • Jay Ward (September 20, 1920 – October 12, 1989) was an American creator and producer of animated TV cartoon shows. He produced animated series based on such characters as Crusader Rabbit, Rocky &...  more
  • Garretson Beekman "Garry" Trudeau (born July 21, 1948) is an American cartoonist, best known for creating the Doonesbury comic strip. Trudeau is also the creator and executive producer of the Amazon...  more
  • Grant Morrison, MBE (born 31 January 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and playwright. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC...  more
  • Beverly Heather D'Angelo (born November 15, 1951) is an American actress and singer, who starred as Ellen Griswold in the National Lampoon's Vacation films (1983–2015). She has appeared in over 60...  more

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  • Boleslav William Felix Robert Sienkiewicz ( sin-KEV-itch; born May 3, 1958), is an American artist known for his work in comic books—particularly for Marvel Comics' The New Mutants, Moon Knight, and...  more
  • Gianni Pacinotti, better known by the pseudonym of Gipi, is an Italian cartoonist, filmmaker, and author....  more
  • Gregory Jacobs (August 25, 1963 – April 22, 2021), known professionally as Shock G (and his alter ego Humpty Hump), was an American musician, rapper, and lead vocalist for the hip hop group Digital...  more

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  • Jim Lee (Korean 이용철; born August 11, 1964) is a Korean American comic-book artist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is currently the Co-Publisher and Chief Creative Officer of DC Comics. In...  more
  • Eric James Shanower (born October 23, 1963) is an American cartoonist, best known for his Oz novels and comics, and for the ongoing retelling of the Trojan War as Age of Bronze....  more
  • Harvey Lawrence Pekar (; October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010) was an American underground comic book writer, music critic, and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor...  more
  • Daniel Charles Piraro (born 1958) is a painter, illustrator, and cartoonist best known for his syndicated cartoon panel Bizarro. Piraro's cartoons have been reprinted in 16 book collections (as of...  more
  • James Robert Davis (born July 28, 1945) is an American cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strips Garfield and U.S. Acres (a.k.a. Orson's Farm). Published since 1978, Garfield is one...  more
  • Leopoldo Antonio Carrillo Spanish pronunciation: [Cay-reel-yo] (August 6, 1880 – September 10, 1961), was an American actor, vaudevillian, political cartoonist, and conservationist. He was best known...  more
  • Herbert George Gardner (December 28, 1934 – September 25, 2003), better known as Herb Gardner, was an American commercial artist, cartoonist, playwright and screenwriter....  more
  • Jack Thomas Chick (April 13, 1924 – October 23, 2016) was an American cartoonist and publisher, best known for his evangelical fundamentalist Christian "Chick tracts." He expressed his perspective on...  more
  • Dave Sim (born 17 May 1956) is a Canadian cartoonist and publisher, best known for his comic book Cerebus, his artistic experimentation, his advocacy of self-publishing and creator's rights, and his...  more
  • Howard Cruse (born May 2, 1944) is an American alternative cartoonist known for the exploration of gay themes in his comics. He was the founding editor of Gay Comix in 1980. He also created the...  more
  • Bal Keshav Thackeray (also known as Balasaheb Thackeray; Marathi pronunciation: [ʈʰaːkəɾeː]; 23 January 1926 – 17 November 2012) was an Indian politician who founded the Shiv Sena, a right-wing...  more
  • Dan Jurgens (; born June 27, 1959) is an American comic book writer and artist. He is known for his work on the DC comic book storyline "The Death of Superman" and for creating characters such as...  more