A belated birthday wish to New Zealander cartoonist Eric Heath and a very belated addition (ten years late) of Mr. Heath to our senior strippers list.
Eric Heath, who produced cartoons for a major daily newspaper over many years, has celebrated his 100th birthday.
His professional life started as a filing clerk for The Evening Post before he joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War II serving with the Air Sea Rescue Catalina Squadron No 6 in the Solomon Islands.
After his military service, he returned to The Evening Post, training as a photo engraver and also working as a freelance artist.
By the mid-1960s he became a full-time cartoonist for The Dominion after staff were impressed with his drawing ability.
“I said I wasn’t that good at cartooning but I’d draw for them. They gave me a chance.
He was the editorial cartoonist for The Dominion for 28 years (1964-1993) producing five cartoons a week.