Bill Sanders – RIP

Editorial cartoonist Bill Sanders has passed away.

William Willard (Bill) Sanders
October 14, 1930 – February 27, 2021


From The Milwaukee Journal:

Milwaukee Journal political cartoonist William (Bill) Sanders was remembered Sunday as a dynamic artist who wasn’t afraid to challenge those in power. Sanders died Saturday at the age of 90.

Sanders began his cartooning career at Pacific Stars and Stripes while he served in the Army in Korea from 1955 to 1957; he freelanced in Japan until 1958.

He returned to the United States in 1959 and began working at the Greensboro Daily News in North Carolina. 

He moved to the Kansas City Star in 1963, where he created so much controversy that the paper received more letters to the editor in one month than the paper had received in five years over cartoons.

From there, Sanders moved to The Milwaukee Journal, where he was a cartoonist from 1967 to 1991. Sanders’ habit of attracting letters to the editor followed him to Milwaukee.

Wikipedia has a nice biography which lists episodes of Bill stirring the dust.

Sanders career has been marked by controversy. His first published cartoon after college was a comic strip for the 8th Army base newspaper in Seoul, which was terminated by the commanding general because one of the episodes involved the general and a Korean prostitute.

Bill continued cartooning into this year. His Twitter page has recent toons.
As does his Facebook page where memories are being shared.

Bill’s cartoons and commentary blog covers his thoughts in the 21st Century.

Western Kentucky University has a wonderful gallery of earlier photos and cartoons.