Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Online cartoon archive is a goldmine
A goldmine of great cartoons can be accessed from the British Cartoon Archive at cartoons.ac.uk from today. The archive is based at the University of Kent, Canterbury, and contains more than 130,000 cartoons as well as comic strips, newspaper cuttings, books and magazines. The collection dates back to 1904 and includes work by David Low, Trog, Ralph Steadman, Mel Calman, Nicholas Garland, Carl Giles, Martin Rowson and Steve Bell. One of the gems of the archive is a collection of cartoons dated from 1954 to 1966 by Vicky (Victor Weisz) who worked for the Evening Standard, Daily Mirror and New Statesman. He famously turned Prime Minister Harold Macmillan into "Supermac".