John Tinney McCutcheon won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1932 editorial cartoon, "A Wise Economist Asks a Question.
Among his best-known works is "Injun Summer," considered one of the best in his "boy" series of cartoons.
|John T. McCutcheon's "Injun Summer," Chicago Tribune. 1907 - Reprints|
During a trip to Europe in 1914-1916 as a war correspondent, McCutcheon was an eyewitness to the German invasion of Belgium at the beginning of World War I. He also covered the war in England and France before returning to his work as a cartoonist in Chicago.
During his sixty-year career as an artist, McCutcheon became one of the highest-paid cartoonists in the United States. He also supplemented his income with freelance work and publishing numerous books. In addition, McCutcheon was considered the "Dean of American Cartoonists" even before his death in 1949. Although he drew fewer cartoons in his later years, McCutcheon's work appeared on the front page of the Sunday Chicago Tribune until his retirement in 1946. He also continued traveling the world, an activity he had enjoyed throughout his life and took frequent trips to his island home in the Bahamas. McCutcheon also began work on his autobiography, but he died before completing it.
MY ARTICLE ─► The story behind John T. McCutcheon's 1907 "Injun Summer" article in the Chicago Tribune.
Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.