Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cartoonist Les Barton dies

Les Barton, a fine cartoonist who worked in both the gag cartoons and the comics markets, has died. He was as well known for cartoons in magazines such as Punch as for his comic work, including the much-loved "I Spy" in Sparky.

Born in 1923, he began selling cartoons in the 1940s and was a long-standing member of the Cartoonists' Club of Great Britain, attending its inaugural meeting in 1960.

Cartoonist and blogger Lew Stringer has more on the comics work of Les Barton.
UPDATED: 26th November 2008. Full obituary written by Dr Mark Bryant from The Independent newspaper.

The PCO: Great British cartoon talent

2 comments:

Andy said...

Lovely old chap. Lovely style of drawing. He was a fixture in the Cartoonists' Club firmament - can't quite believe I won't see him again.

Ger said...

Sad news indeed. Only met Les a few times but always struck me as a kind hearted soul with a ready smile. One off and distinctive style - a big loss to the cartoon world and to those who knew him.