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David Boyd – RIP

Press cartoonist and illustrator David Boyd left us.

Robert David Boyd (Sr.)
October 1938 – September 20, 2022

Excerpt from the Newnan (Ga.) Times-Herald obituary:

Legendary political cartoonist, artist and character David Boyd Sr., 83, died Tuesday after a long illness.

Boyd published his first political cartoons in 1968, in The Newnan Times-Herald. The cartoons were so popular that he ended up selling them to several other Georgian newspapers.

He later teamed up with local attorney Gus Wood to create Mark-Morgan Features, a syndicated newspaper service which, in addition to Boyd’s cartoons and comic strips, offered a political column, crossword puzzles, a horoscope and a church page. Mark-Morgan’s content has appeared in over 200 newspapers.


Boyd was renowned for his political cartoons – in 1982 he became the first freelance artist to win a Green Eyeshade Award for excellence in journalism – but his illustrations also appeared in books and magazines and on greeting cards.

He lent his considerable drawing skills to the books of famed comedian Lewis Grizzard and created a whole host of iconic characters for comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s “You Might Be a Redneck” books and merchandise.

But Boyd’s real passion was politics. His scathing cartoon commentary made enemies of a wide range of public figures. some of them sought him out for a confrontation and left his presence after making a new friend. Others were greatly amused by his portrayal of them.

Boyd thrived on the furor and controversy he created and the people he met as a result, according to a 2016 article in The Newnan Times-Herald written after announcing his retirement from the cartoon business.

Based on Allan Holtz Boyd Apple pie weekly panel started in 1972
and its weekly The sovereign state of affairs band started in 1976.
He apparently continued to produce both until his retirement in 2016.

Fine Art America has a gallery of Boyd illustrations.

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