For Anyone Interested in Political Cartoons for the Past 45 Years, He Was a Giant; Paul Conrad, a Staple in the L.A. Times For Many Years, Dies at 86

Sep 4, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Paul Conrad, whose biting, take-no-prisoner political cartoons helped shape the national reputation of the Los Angeles Times, has died at 86 ,the newspaper reports.

Of Conrad–who won three Pulitzer Prizes–the LA Times wrote, "His unyielding liberal stance, delivered as savage black-and-white harpoons, bedeviled Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and others in power while shedding an uncompromising light on social injustices. He drew for The Times for nearly 30 years."

Shelby Coffey III, a former editor and executive vice president of the L.A. Times once said, “Whether loved or hated, agreed with or scoffed at, whether subject of glowing awards or winning an honored spot on the White House enemies list—it’s broadly agreed that Paul Conrad is, in his field of editorial cartooning, a genius.”

Here is one of Conrad’s most famous cartoons: Then President Richard Nixon, who ended his Presidency by resigning after the Watergate scandal and cover-up,  nailing himself to a cross.To see more Conrad cartoons, click here.


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