About Tony Auth

Tony Auth was born in 1942 in Akron, Ohio.  He was bedridden for eighteen months at the age of five.  It was during this period that he began drawing, inspired by comic strips, children’s books and radio dramas.

At the age of nine, Tony moved with his family to Los Angeles.   Tony attended UCLA, earning a bachelor’s degree in biological illustration in 1965.  Upon graduation he became a medical illustrator at Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, a large teaching hospital associated with the University of Southern California.

While working as a medical illustrator, Auth began doing political cartoons. Initially he did one a week for a weekly alternative newspaper, and then, after being encouraged by Paul Conrad at the Los Angeles Times, three a week for the UCLA Daily Bruin.

Six years later, in 1971, Auth was hired as staff editorial cartoonist by The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 41 years. He decided to broaden his range of commentary, and is now the first Digital Artist in Residence at WHYY’s NewsWorks.org.q

Over the course of his career, Auth has won many awards, including five Overseas Press Club Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi award for distinguished service in journalism, the Thomas Nast Prize, the Herblock Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Tony Auth has also published two collections of his political cartoons, and has illustrated eleven children’s books.

Tony is married to Eliza Drake Auth, a realist landscape and portrait painter.  They have two grown children, and live in Wynnewood, PA.


About Tony Auth — 20 Comments

  1. Tony: You have to update your info on the Inquirer : “Six years later, in 1971, Auth was hired as staff editorial cartoonist by The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he still is employed.”

  2. Tony Just left the Michener exhibit. We miss you more than we thought. The mornings are not the same. Best of luck Bob

  3. Tony,
    I was an intern a few years back and always remembered seeing your epic glass office on the way up the stairs. My dad has a cartoon you did of a flag in his office, so I have been familiar with your work for a while now. Shame we never got to meet. Good luck with your new gig!


  4. Tony,
    What an amazing career you’ve had. As a former kid neighbor, have watched it from afar with admiration. Best of everything in this new phase.
    Cindy Hana Crommett

  5. We drove from West Reading, PA to the Philly Library to see your work, listen to your thoughts last evening. Worth the trip! Thanks for sharing! The civilized world needs you and more like yourself!

  6. We remember your cartoons in the Daily Bruin. I graduated from UCLA in 1962 and my wife graduated in 1965. We first moved to New Jersey in 1969, and have followed your career in the Inquirer off and on (we lived in Peru for eight years) ever since. Good luck in your new venture with WHYY.
    Barry & Mary

  7. We are in the middle of the Memorial Day weekend – and I flashed on the checkered flag – posted on the diccondra “lawn” on Comolette street – the block party BBQ to follow and then the movie. Guess this year it isn’t going to be Prudance and the Pill hahahahahahahahaha Good luck in your “new” venture.

  8. Are you still creating cartoons? I get the daily updates on my mac’s widget and haven’t seen a new one from you in ages (latest is the Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case). Missing you!

  9. One of the best talents in the industry will be missed. Your cartoons have left a noticeable impact on everyone. Thank you for putting spirit into your work!

  10. You will be missed by all your friends. My dad, Leonard passed in October 2012. He will look forward to seeing you and sharing some laughs.

  11. Tony, I remember your first public work displayed at Mom’s, near UCLA in the 60’s. You drew for beers and were prolific. Even the Bruin Bear was not immune
    from your pen and wild wit. We all loved it and so did you. Yet, at the core, you remained a gentleman and a scholar.Some things never change. Adios, amigo.

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