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Walt Lardner
(b. 1931)

Lardner then

The Walt Lardner Collection consists of over four hundred original drawings, 1967-1988, made while Lardner was associated with The State newspaper (Columbia, SC) as a political cartoonist.

Insightful, witty, and sometimes biting, Lardner's cartoons illustrate an eventful period in South Carolina and the nation.

He sold his first cartoon in 1954 and for the next decade his free-lance cartoons appeared in such magazines as Argosy, Collier's, Look, The Saturday Evening Post, and True. He also illustrated the "Archie" comic book series.

In 1967, Lardner moved to South Carolina, where he began a long association with South Carolina Educational Television, eventually becoming the network's chief animator. During this period, he was also a regular, free-lance contributor to The State.

Lardner now

Lardner Cartoons

Kate Salley Palmer
(b. 1946)

Palmer self-portrait

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Kate Salley Palmer graduated from the University of South Carolina with a major in elementary education and got her start as an editorial cartoonist drawing a regular cartoon for the University’s student newspaper, The Gamecock. She began freelance cartooning with the Greenville News in 1975 and in 1978 she became their first full-time editorial cartoonist.

Palmer was syndicated by Field (later News America Syndicate) in 1980. She left the newspaper in 1984 and moved to Associated Features in 1986.

Her syndication ended in 1989. Since then, she has devoted her efforts to writing and illustrating children's books. A collection of her political cartoons titled Growing Up Cartoonist (In the Baby Boom South) appeared in early 2006, published by the Clemson University Digital Press.

Palmer’s work reveals a deft and cutting wit and excellent artistic skill. Her art is focused broadly on national and international affairs as well as state and even local matters.

The Kate Salley Palmer Collection includes most of her South Carolina themed cartoons as well as records of Warbranch Press, created with her husband Jim, and their other publishing ventures. The Ohio State University’s Cartoon Research Library is receiving a substantial set of her national and international themed cartoons.

Palmer Cartoons


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