Born George Maurice Lichtenstein
to Julius and Ella Hirsh Lichtenstein in Chicago, Illinois
, Lichty was 16 years old when he launched his art career by selling his first cartoon to Judge
. He attended the Chicago Art Institute
(1924–25) and was the editor of the University of Michigan
's humor magazine, The Gargoyle
Graduating from the University of Michigan in 1929, he began his newspaper career doing spot cartoons and sports drawings for the Chicago Daily Times
. Lichty and Eleanor Louise Fretter married on January 5, 1931.
Grin and Bear It
Dell's Grin and Bear It (1942)
After he created his Grin and Bear It
series in 1932, it was syndicated at first by United Feature Syndicate
and later by the Field Newspaper Syndicate
in Chicago. Lichty also contributed to Collier's
during the 1930s. His artwork had a hastily drawn, loose appearance. Frequent subjects included computers, family life, excessive capitalism and Soviet bureaucracy. Scenes in his cartoons were often set in the offices of commissars or the showrooms of "Belchfire" dealers with enormous cars in the background. His series Is Party Line, Comrade!
also skewered various Soviet bureaucrats, who usually were drawn wearing a five-pointed star medal labeled "Hero". The "gags" for Grin and Bear It
were written by Arthur Erenberg
he would describe the scene and write the joke and then Lichty would draw the cartoon.
Awards and influence
Lichty was a four-time winner of the National Cartoonists Society
's Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award. Grin and Bear It
received this award in 1956, 1960, 1962 and 1964.
Lichty's cartoon style had an influence on cartoon animation in what was known as the "animation smear technique," dubbed the "Lichty style" by Warner Bros.
animator Rod Scribner
. Lichty also influenced cartoons drawn by Joe Teller, as evidenced in the book, "When I'm Dead All This Will Be Yours!": Joe Teller—A Portrait by His Kid
(2000) by Teller
(of Penn & Teller
). The artist Ed Ruscha
, who originally planned to be a cartoonist, incorporated a Lichty cartoon into one of his artworks.
- Large Feature Comic #28: Grin and Bear It (Dell, 1942)
- Grin and Bear It (McGraw-Hill, 1956)
- Grin and Bear It (Pocket Books, 1970)
- Is Party Line, Comrade (Public Affairs Press, 1965).
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