Colonel Pewter, by Arthur Horner

Arthur Horner was born in Melbourne, Australia and educated in Sydney. He contributed to Australian publications like the Sydney Bulletin, Smith's Weekly and ABC Weekly before moving to London, UK after World War II. In London, he studied at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He was a famous cartoonist of his day and also a caricaturist and illustrator, contributing to such periodicals as Lilliput and the Tribune. By 1950, he was a pocket cartoonist for the News Chronicle and in 1952, he created the 'Colonel Pewter' comic strip for the News Chronicle. The strip was later also syndicated internationally. In 1954, Horner also became the Chronicle's political cartoonist. 'Colonel Pewter' was continued in The Daily Mail from 1960, until it was replaced by Alex Graham's 'Fred Basset' in 1963.

Horner then published his strip in The Guardian until 1970 and succeeded it with 'The Thoughts of Citizen Doe'. From 1966 to 1972 he was also political cartoonist on New Statesman, as well as the Times Higher Education Supplement and Humanist. His work was also featured in Private Eye, Punch, Truth, Sunday Times and on BBC TV. Arthur Horner returned to Melbourne in 1976, and he continued 'Colonel Pewter' in his homeland in the Melbourne Age. For that same magazine, he made political cartoons, caricatures and a strip about Archangel Uriel.

Colonel Pewter, by Arthur Horner

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