Where have all the editorial cartoonists gone? Gone to digital every one, to paraphrase the old song. In the golden years of editorial cartooning, the 20th century, just about every daily newspaper of any substance had to have a cartoonist. As with any craft, some of the artists were better than others. A man who got a lot of attention over many decades was Herbert Block of the Washington Post. His cartoons were so well done they earned him many awards, and a prominent place on the Nixon Enemies List, a badge of honor for the time.
I found an early (1930) example of his original art at Heritage Auctions:
The Library of Congress has an excellent collection of his originals, including these. For more go to Library of Congress.
Herblock’s cartoons on guns show that the debate hasn’t much changed for decades. The mail order rifle Oswald bought brought about the end of buying firearms by mail. Despite the current refusal of the National Rifle Association to budge an inch on common sense laws on guns, I haven’t heard of anyone trying to bring that back.
Life for November 19, 1956, had an article on the hardworking cartoonist.
Herb Block, born in 1909, died one week short of his 92nd birthday in 2001.