Stars of Political Cartooning - Carl Giles

Each day this month I will be profiling a notable political cartoonist. Since the choices are vast, I've decided to slim the numbers down a bit and eliminate living cartoonists. Perhaps I will do a current political cartoon stars in the future.

Here's an archive of the artists mentioned already.

Today we look at the man voted 'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century'.


Ronald Giles was born in London, England in 1916. He gained the name Carl due to his friends thinking he looked like Boris Karloff, so they called him Karlo, which eventually became Carl.

He dropped out of school at age 14 and became an office boy and eventually worked a bit in animation.

In 1937, he began doing cartoons and soon began working at the Daily Express, which is where he stayed for the rest of his career until his retirement in the very early 90s.

His cartoons were not standard political cartoons, and he did not typically do caricatures - he was noted by telling topical stories using normal people reacting to the news around them.

The main people he used for this were the Giles "family," particularly his most famous creation, the rascally matriarch, Grandma...

He was a War Correspondent during WWII, and here is one of his few cartoons directly on the war...

Giles really does not have any one super famous cartoon.

Here is a fairly random sampling...

The images are courtesy of this awesome searchable Giles site...

For fun, here are the two cartoons Giles did in his career on October 24th (he was so detailed that his cartoons were not dailies).

Giles lived long enough to see a statue of Grandma built in Ipswich, right outside the newspaper office building window where Giles worked for so many years...

Giles passed away in 1995, five years before he was named 'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist of the 20th Century'.

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