Famous American Cartoonists

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Matt Groening
(Cartoonist, Writer and Producer Known for His TV Series ‘The Simpsons’, ‘Futurama’ and ‘Disenchantment’)
Matt Groening
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Birthdate: February 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Matt Groening is best known as the creator of the iconic animated sitcom The Simpsons, which is the longest-running American primetime TV series and has won Groening 11 Emmys. He had initially gained fame for the comic strip Life in Hell and also created Futurama and the Netflix series Disenchantment.
 2 
Jack Kirby
(Co-Creator of The Superhero 'Captain America' in 1940 with Joe Simon)
Jack Kirby
16
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1994
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga
 3 
Mike Judge
(Actor, Cartoonist, Director, Musician)
Mike Judge
12
Birthdate: October 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Animator and filmmaker Michael Judge is best known for creating the iconic animated series Beavis and Butt-Head. Fans also loved his Emmy- and Annie Award-winning work in King of the Hill, one of the longest-running U.S. animated series, and his Critics' Choice Award-winning work in Silicon Valley.
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Charles M. Schulz
(Cartoonist)
Charles M. Schulz
10
Birthdate: November 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 12, 2000

Charles M. Schulz was an American cartoonist. He is credited with creating the popular comic strip, Peanuts, which featured world-renowned characters like Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Considered one of the most influential cartoonists ever, Schulz's works have influenced other cartoonists like Dav Pilkey, Matt Groening, and Jim Davis. In 1996, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 5 
William Hanna
(Creator of Popular Cartoon Characters Such as 'Tom and Jerry', 'The Flintstones' and 'Scooby-Doo')
William Hanna
8
Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
Died: March 22, 2001
William Hanna was an American animator, best known for creating popular cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. He co-founded the Hanna-Barbera company, along with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera. Their team had produced more than 3,000 half-hour shows for 150 television cartoon series that won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards.
 6 
Bill Watterson
(Cartoonist and the Author of the Comic Strip ‘Calvin and Hobbes’)
Bill Watterson
12
Birthdate: 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Bill Watterson is a retired cartoonist and author. He is credited with writing the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. In 1988, Watterson became the sixth person to win the Reuben Award twice. In 2020, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame.

 7 
Joseph Joe Barbera
(Director, Co-Founder of the Animation Studio and Production Company ‘Hanna-Barbera’)
Joseph Joe Barbera
6
Birthdate: March 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delancey Street, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006

Joseph Barbera was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, and producer. He is credited with co-producing Tom and Jerry along with William Hanna while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Barbera is also credited with co-founding the popular animation studio Hanna-Barbera which produced world-renowned programs like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Smurfs. Hanna-Barbera's shows have been translated into over 28 languages.

 8 
Gary Larson
(Cartoonist)
Gary Larson
8
Birthdate: August 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Gary Larson is an American environmentalist, cartoonist, and former musician. He is credited with creating a single-panel cartoon series titled The Far Side, which was syndicated for 15 years to over 1,900 newspapers around the world. In 1990 and 1994, Gary Larson was honored by the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) with the prestigious Reuben Award. 

 9 
Dr. Seuss
(Children's Author And Illustrator)
Dr. Seuss
4
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

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Chuck Jones
(Animator, Filmmaker, Cartoonist, Author, Artist, & Screenwriter)
Chuck Jones
8
Birthdate: September 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States
Died: February 22, 2002

Chuck Jones was an American animator, painter, and voice actor. Jones is best remembered for his work on Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes. He is credited with founding Chuck Jones Enterprises where he produced and directed the film adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth. During the course of his career, Chuck Jones received three Academy Awards and the Edward MacDowell Medal.

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Jim Henson
(Puppeteer)
Jim Henson
6
Birthdate: September 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenville, Mississippi, United States
Died: May 16, 1990

Jim Henson was an American animator, puppeteer, cartoonist, inventor, actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, and composer. He is credited with creating The Muppets, an ensemble cast of puppet characters, for which he achieved worldwide popularity. He is also credited with co-founding Muppets, Inc. in 1958, which eventually became The Jim Henson Company. In 2011, Jim Henson was named a Disney Legend.

 12 
Scott Adams
(American Author and Cartoonist)
Scott Adams
10
Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windham, New York, United States

Best known for his iconic comic strip Dilbert, Scott Adams has an MBA degree and has worked in banks and tech firms earlier. The character Dilbert first appeared in Adams’s office presentations and was inspired by his co-workers. His social-media video series, Coffee with Scott Adams, too, was quite popular.

 13 
Robert Crumb
(American Cartoonist, Musician and Founder of the First Successful Underground Comix Publication ‘Zap Comix’)
Robert Crumb
10
Birthdate: August 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Robert Crumb is a cartoonist whose work displays a satire of contemporary American culture. Crumb played a major role during the underground comix movement of the 1960s, contributing to the movement's seminal works. He is credited with founding Zap Comix, the first major underground comix series. In 1991, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

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Jim Davis
(Cartoonist)
Jim Davis
6
Birthdate: July 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States
Famous American cartoonist, Jim Davis is best known for his various comic strips such as U.S. Acres. He is the creator of Garfield which became one of the world's most widely syndicated comic strips. Davis wrote and co-wrote all of the Garfield TV specials for CBS. He is also the founder and president of Paws, Inc., a full-service licensing studio.
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Shel Silverstein
8
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

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Bill Finger
(Comic Book Writer & Co-creator of the DC Comic Superhero 'Batman')
Bill Finger
4
Birthdate: February 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: January 18, 1974

Bill Finger was an American film, TV, comic book, and comic strip writer. Although he had co-created the popular superhero character Batman along with Bob Kane, Finger's work was uncredited until 2015. As a result, Finger died in poverty and obscurity. He was posthumously inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

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Aaron McGruder
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)
Aaron McGruder
8
Birthdate: May 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

Aaron McGruder is an American writer, cartoonist, screenwriter, producer, and lecturer. He is best known for writing a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip titled The Boondocks. He also wrote its TV series adaptation where he served as the creator, head writer, and executive producer.

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Bob Kane
(Comic Book Writer)
Bob Kane
10
Birthdate: October 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 1998

Bob Kane was an American animator, comic book writer, and artist. He is credited with co-creating the world-renowned DC Comics character Batman. He is also credited with co-creating the popular animated series Cool McCool. In 1977, Bob Kane was honored with the prestigious Inkpot Award. In 1996, he was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame.

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Edward Gorey
(American Writer and Artist, Noted for His Own Illustrated Books and Cover Art)
Edward Gorey
3
Birthdate: February 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 15, 2000
Edward Gorey is known for his pen-and-ink drawings which reflect his arch humor and gothic sensibility. He has published over 100 independent works and illustrated over 50 works by other authors. An iconic figure in gothic culture, Gorey's famous works include The Unstrung Harp, The Curious Sofa, The Iron Tonic: Or, A Winter Afternoon in Lonely Valley, The Dwindling Party.
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Tex Avery
(Golden Age Animator & Creator of Classic Cartoon Characters 'Bugs Bunny', 'Daffy Duck' and 'Porky Pig')
Tex Avery
7
Birthdate: February 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taylor, Texas, United States
Died: August 26, 1980

Second only to Walt Disney in terms of influence, American animator and director Tex Avery is remembered for playing an important role in the development of  popular characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Droopy, Screwy Squirrel  etc. Well-known for his technical innovation and directorial style, his characters are equally loved by adults for their inherent sarcasm.  

 21 
Rube Goldberg
(Cartoonist)
Rube Goldberg
8
Birthdate: July 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, U.S.
Died: December 7, 1970

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, whose works gave rise to the expression Rube Goldberg machines, had started as an engineer and designed sewer pipes. He later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and eventually soared to fame with his cartoons depicting gadgets and the character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts.

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Charles Addams
(Former Cartoonist known for his darkly humorous and macabre characters)
Charles Addams
5
Birthdate: January 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 29, 1988

Mostly known as a cartoonist for The New Yorker, Charles Addams was known for including dark humor in his works. Also known by his pseudonym, Chas Addams, he gained fame for his cartoons about a family of ghosts, which later inspired The Addams Family series of the 1960s.

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Garry Trudeau
(American Cartoonist Best Known for Creating the 'Doonesbury' Comic Strip)
Garry Trudeau
7
Birthdate: July 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Garry Trudeau is best known for creating the Doonesbury comic strip which reflected social and political life in the US. He is also the creator and executive producer of the Amazon Studios political comedy series Alpha House. Trudeau has contributed articles to The New Republic, The New Yorker, New York,  Rolling Stone, and The Washington Post.
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Ub Iwerks
(Animator and Cartoonist Known for Designing the First Images of 'Mickey Mouse')
Ub Iwerks
6
Birthdate: March 24, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 7, 1971

Ub Iwerks was an American cartoonist, animator, inventor, character designer, and special effects technician. He is credited with designing such popular characters as Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Apart from being honored with several Academy Awards for his work, Iwerks was also named a Disney Legend. The Ub Iwerks Award for Technical Achievement is named in his honor.

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J. Michael Straczynski
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer)
J. Michael Straczynski
8
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson

The son of a manual laborer, J. Michael Straczynski grew up to graduate in psychology and sociology. Best known for writing the Marvel Comics series The Amazing Spider-Man, he has written for both TV and films, apart from authoring his own books and creating the sci-fi TV show Babylon 5.

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Dav Pilkey
(Author and Illustrator of the Children's Book Series 'Captain Underpants' & 'Dog Man')
Dav Pilkey
10
Birthdate: March 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Dav Pilkey is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and author of children's literature. Pilkey is best known for illustrating and authoring a popular children's book series named Captain Underpants which earned him the prestigious Disney Adventures Kids' Choice Award in 2007.

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Harvey Pekar
(Comics artist, Autobiographer, Writer, Music critic, Journalist)
Harvey Pekar
5
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland
Died: July 12, 2010
 28 
Caroll Spinney
(Puppeteer)
Caroll Spinney
8
Birthdate: December 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 8, 2019

Caroll Spinney was an American cartoonist, puppeteer, artist, author, and speaker. He is best remembered for playing Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird on the popular educational children's TV series Sesame Street from 1969 to 2018. Over the course of his illustrious career, Caroll Spinney was honored with two Grammy Awards and four Daytime Emmy Awards.

 29 
Thomas Nast
(Cartoonist)
Thomas Nast
5
Birthdate: September 27, 1840
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Landau
Died: December 7, 1902

Political caricaturist and cartoonist Thomas Nast was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. at age 6. He began his career as a draftsman at the Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper and then worked for Harper’s Weekly and the New York Illustrated News. His creations include the Republican Party elephant.

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Craig McCracken
(Animator)
Craig McCracken
9
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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Kevin Eastman
(American Comic Book Artist and Writer)
Kevin Eastman
5
Birthdate: May 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
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John Byrne
(Comic-book Writer & Artist)
John Byrne
7
Birthdate: July 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bromwich, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Alison Bechdel
(American Cartoonist Known for the Long-Running Comic Strip 'Dykes to Watch Out For')
Alison Bechdel
15
Birthdate: September 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beech Creek, Pennsylvania, United States

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel is best known for her Dykes to Watch Out For strip, which gained a lot of popularity in various LGBT weeklies. The strip’s prime character is believed to be modeled on her. The lesbian artist’s works gave rise to the Bechdel Test, which targets gender inequality in Hollywood.

 34 
Al Capp
(Cartoonist, Writer, Journalist)
Al Capp
7
Birthdate: September 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Haven
Died: November 5, 1979
 35 
James Thurber
(Cartoonist, Author, Journalist & Playwright)
James Thurber
7
Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: November 2, 1961
 36 
Jeff Kinney
(Author, Cartoonist)
Jeff Kinney
7
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States

Jeff Kinney is an American cartoonist and author best known for writing a series of children's fiction books named Diary of a Wimpy Kid which was adapted into a movie series of the same name. Jeff Kinney is also credited with creating a child-oriented website called Poptropica which was later adapted into an online role-playing game of the same name.

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Alex Ross
(Comics artist, Illustrator, Painter)
Alex Ross
5
Birthdate: January 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Portland
 38 
Bud Luckey
(Animator)
Bud Luckey
7
Birthdate: July 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Billings, Montana, USA
Died: February 24, 2018
 39 
Al Jaffee
(American Cartoonist)
Al Jaffee
9
Birthdate: March 13, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: April 10, 2023
 40 
Jhonen Vasquez
(Cartoonist)
Jhonen Vasquez
7
Birthdate: September 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Berkeley Breathed
(Author, Writer, Cartoonist)
Berkeley Breathed
7
Birthdate: June 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino
 42 
William Steig
(American Cartoonist and Illustrator)
William Steig
5
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 3, 2003

William Steig was an American illustrator, cartoonist, and children's book writer. He is best remembered for his work Shrek, which has been adapted into a movie series of the same name. Some of his other works which have been adapted into films include Doctor De Soto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. 

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Ralph Steadman
(Cartoonist)
Ralph Steadman
5
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wallasey, Merseyside, England
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 44 
Mike Mignola
(Comics artist, Novelist, Artist, Screenwriter)
Mike Mignola
7
Birthdate: September 16, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley
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Raina Telgemeier
(Cartoonist)
Raina Telgemeier
3
Birthdate: May 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 46 
Art Spiegelman
(American Cartoonist, Editor and Comics Advocate)
Art Spiegelman
7
Birthdate: February 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stockholm

Art Spiegelman is an American cartoonist, comics advocate, and editor. His graphic novel Maus earned a special Pulitzer Prize for popularizing the comics medium among scholars. Over the years Spiegelman has helped promote a better understanding of comics. In 2005, he was named in Time's Top 100 Most Influential People list. He has also won many awards like Inkpot Award.

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Will Eisner
(Cartoonist)
Will Eisner
7
Birthdate: March 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 3, 2005
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E. C. Segar
(Comics artist, Screenwriter, Writer)
E. C. Segar
7
Birthdate: December 8, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chester
Died: October 13, 1938
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Ed Brubaker
(Comic Book Writer Who Works Primarily in the Crime Fiction Genre)
Ed Brubaker
7
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
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Randall Munroe
(Programmer, Comics artist, Writer, Computer scientist, Physicist)
Randall Munroe
5
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton

Randall Munroe quit his career as a NASA roboticist to re-live his childhood obsession with comics by creating the award-winning webcomic xkcd. He also writes a science blog and has penned New York Times bestsellers such as What If? and Thing Explainer. His other interests include kite photography.