Thursday, October 7, 2021

Canada Post Honours Editorial Cartoonists - Duncan Macpherson

Canada Post has issued a new set of stamps that highlight the works of five of Canada’s most renowned editorial cartoonists.

The five cartoonists are Serge ChapleauBrian GableTerry (Aislin) MosherDuncan Macpherson and Bruce MacKinnon.

Duncan Macpherson (1924-93) is widely considered one of the most influential cartoonists in Canada.

An editorial cartoonist for the Toronto Star for more than three decades, Duncan Macpherson drew witty cartoons that challenged what he called “wrongness” on behalf of everyday Canadians. 

Macpherson also helped reshape the profession for a generation of cartoonists by being the first to hire an agent to negotiate his salary and by pushing for editorial independence. 

Sometimes, his cartoons opposed the editorial stance of his own newspaper.

“Having dad honoured in this way revives his memory and his name. I’m so proud of his achievements,” says his son, Ian Macpherson. 

“For me personally, this rediscovery of my dad’s work and its influence has been a terrific experience.”

The first editorial cartoonist to be invested into the Order of Canada, Macpherson received six National Newspaper Awards, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts medal and the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize. 

He died in 1993 at age 68.

More about Duncan Macpherson here.

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