“I remember when I sold my first cartoon to the Calgary Herald in the late 1930’s. They sent me a cheque for one dollar.” George Shane, The Hecklers.
Born 1921 in Winnipeg, he always worked as a free lance artist.
He began cartooning before World War 2 for the Herald [Calgary], Free Press [Winnipeg] and other western newspapers. He served in the RCAF and then went to New York to study fine art and illustration. There he did gag cartoons in response to the demand there.
He returned to Canada in the late 1940’s and began working for Saturday Night and The Montrealer, and illustrated a crime magazine. He opened his own commercial art studio. He worked with the Candian Labour Congress and as a result became a cartoonist for various Canadian labour newspapers. He continued to work as a cartoonist and animator for various other companies and organizations in Toronto.
The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1979: 250.