Maggie’s World Looks at Gag Cartoons


The gag cartoon is in a category by itself: standing alone to evoke a reaction.


Is it funny? Is it understandable? Where do we go from here?

Comics historian Maggie Thompson discusses gag cartooning.


Among single-panel newspaper gag creators was H.T. Webster, who provided gags on a series of topics. “The Timid Soul” was Caspar Milquetoast, whose name eventually entered dictionaries. © 2019 N.Y. Tribune Inc. A “gag” can be a grim commentary. Bill Mauldin provided vivid views of (and satiric remarks on) World War II Army life. © 2019 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.