Mort Walker drew a college student with a hat in some of the cartoons that he sold to the Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s.


Saturday Evening Post cartoon by Mort Walker, circa 1948

The SAP editor, John Bailey, liked the character and suggested to Mort that he develop a regular feature for the kid. These are Mort’s first design sketches of “Spider” from 1949. The one at the top center was the one he chose to use.

Reuben Awards 2015

Every year, on Memorial Day weekend, The National Cartoonists Society presents its highest award, “The Reuben” named after the organization’s founder Rube Goldberg, to the “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year.”  Recent locations for the ceremony have been Boston, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, San Diego and, this year, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. “Silver Reuben” Division Award plaques were also presented to cartoonists in fifteen different genres. For a complete list of winners go to: http://www.reuben.org/2015/05/reuben-awards-winners-2015/

Post College

Mort Walker moved to New York City after he graduated from the University of Missouri in 1948. He had been selling single panel gag cartoons to a number of the major national general-interest magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, while he was still in school. Now he was able to show his work directly to editors during the traditional Wednesday rounds.