Tony Auth

1942 - 2014


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth, whose sharp and creative commentary appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer for more than 40 years, died of cancer on Sunday. He was 72.

Auth had worked for the past two years as the artist-in-residence at NewsWorks/WHYY, which announced his death.

"Tony Auth was a great cartoonist, a fine journalist and an even better friend," said Chris Satullo, WHYY's vice president for news and civic engagement. Satullo previously served as the Inquirer's editorial page editor, where he also worked with Auth.

Family members told the Inquirer that Auth had been battling brain cancer and recently went into hospice care.

Auth worked at the Inquirer for 41 years starting in 1971. He won the Pulitzer for editorial cartoons in 1976 and was a finalist twice after that.

"As a cartoonist, he was a gem - a journalist who could evoke reactions from readers ranging from anger and indignation to elation and illumination," said Inquirer Editor William K. Marimow.

In 2010, the Pulitzer board praised Auth's "masterful simplicity in expressing consistently fearless positions on national and local issues."

He left the Inquirer amid ownership turmoil in 2012 after having covered eight U.S. presidents and seven Philadelphia mayors.

Auth was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1942 and began drawing at age 5 while bedridden with an unspecified illness, according to a biography on his website.

He became a medical illustrator after earning a bachelor's degree in biological illustration from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1965. He began drawing political cartoons on the side for a weekly alternative publication and then for the Daily Bruin, UCLA's campus newspaper.

Auth also illustrated numerous children's books.

He is survived by his wife and two adult children.

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Tony Auth was truly an amazing person with so much talent the loss is clearly ours. Prayers fill our hearts and burst forth from our mouths to God asking him to let us remember clearly the love we have for this wonderful person gone from our lives never forgetting the joy we shared experiencing a great and authentic talent. (Hebrews 6:10).

I am so sorry for the recent loss in your family. He will certainly be missed. May the God of peace(Romans 15:33)be with your family during this difficult time. Please take care.


I have tried to email you via your website but I am it bounced back. I was so sad to learn Tony had died. I would very much like to speak with you if you have a moment. If either of the girls are in NYC I would like to be a resource for them and I also had an idea for Topsy Turvey to talk about with you.

Sending condolences to you and the family, Joan

At times like these God can give you power beyond what is normal to help you during this difficult time.

2 Corinthians 4:7

Back in the late seventies, I was an aspiring editorial cartoonist with a portfolio of unpublished work that I wanted critiqued by an expert. I sent Tony Auth a letter hoping that he might spend a few minutes reviewing my cartoons, never seriously believing that I would get any response. However, he telephoned me within a few days and invited me to come to his office at the Inquirer.
A few minutes turned into a whole afternoon of Mr. Auth providing valuable insights and supportive...

Tony Auth enjoyed life which was very much illustrated in his work. Those who loved him and knew him well know this all too well. So just for a moment, imagine him in Paradise. Each morning, he awakes feeling rested and eager to begin his day. He has no aches or pains. Any infirmities he once had are gone. All his senses--sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste function perfectly. His energy is abundant, his work is enjoyable, his friends are many, and all his worries are gone. Such...

May your family take comfort knowing that your heavenly father is aware of the pain and sorrow you are going through.

I admired Auth's way of expressing himself and his point of view though cartoons; projecting a sense of humor while telling the truth of reality... Life always throw curve balls and change our lives drastically. I'm really sorry that the family have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and that he had to battle with such circumstances. Please accept my sincerely sympathy and have into consideration that only our Heavenly Father can become a Strong Tower for those in distress and in tears....