Ben Wicks was a London-born Canadian cartoonist, illustrator, journalist and author. He was a saxophone player who toured throughout Europe in a band with Leonard Bigg before emigrating to Canada in 1957. There, he initially worked as a milkman in Calgary and as a musician in the Canadian Army. His first cartoons were published in the Saturday Evening Post.
He settled in Toronto in 1963, where he became a cartoonist with the Toronto Telegram. His topical cartoon 'The Outcasts' (later retitled to simply 'Wicks') was at its height syndicated to over 80 Canadian newspapers and 100 American. He moved over to the Toronto Star in 1971. He also illustrated the children's book series 'Katie and Orbie', that was written by his daughter Susan.
Wicks was additionally a humanitarian and TV personality, who even hosted his own show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1970s. He also had his own pub in Toronto's Cabbagetown district. He died of cancer at the age of 73 in 2000.