GRASSICK Bert

GRASSICK Bert

“I remember in the 1930’s, drawing cartoons for the CCF News that poked fun at various financial interests. However at the same time, I drew cartoons for the Financial Post that poked fun at the CCF.”                                                                     The Hecklers: 238.

 

Born 1909 in Victoria British Columbia.

In 1929 he moved to Toronto to join his brother who was working in a commercial art studio. He developed a rapid brush technique initially influenced by the work of British cartoonist Sir David Low.

In 1930, his first cartoon appeared in the Maclean’s Magazine. By 1936, his cartoons were appearing regularly in Maclean’s, where he subsequently drew about three cartoons per issue for the next twenty-five years. He also illustrated Blair Fraser’s column “Backstage at Ottawa” that appeared in the same magazine. In 1953, he began drawing editorial cartoons for the Telegram [Toronto] He also worked for the Financial Times.

In the 1940’s, he was considered “unexcelled as a draughtsman by any other Canadian cartoonist”. [237]

During the 1950’s he was the most prolific cartoonist in Canada. In addition to his work at Maclean’s, he drew six editorial cartoons a week for the Telegram between 1954 and 1962. He was cartoonist for the Forum and freelanced for other publications.

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BOOK TEXT:

Content:

Book:

Front: This Is The House. Writ., Judith Robinson. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1957. A selection of editorial cartoons used as illustrations.

PERIODICAL TEXT ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Cartoon editorial:

Maclean’s, 18 May 1958: 2.

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Cover:

Book:

Front & Back: This Is The House. Writ., Judith Robinson. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1957. End papers:

Hey Ma! I Did It. Writ., Margaret Aitken. Toronto: Clarke Irwin & Co. Ltd., 1953.

Content:

Memoir text:

Hey Ma! I Did It. Writ., Margaret Aitken. Toronto: Clarke Irwin & Co. Ltd., 1953.

SOURCE:

Book text:

The Hecklers. Writ. & Ed.., Peter Desbarates & Terry Mosher. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1979: 237-238.

This Is The House. Writ., Judith Robinson. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1957. Back cover.

GALLERY:

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST OR ILLUS. G\GRASSIK BERT, Telegram [Toronto], 13 June 1953, 4.jpg

The Telegram, 13 June 1953: 4.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CANADIAN CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION and ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST OR ILLUS. G\GRASSIK BERT, Telegram [Toronto], 27 June 1953, 4.jpg

The Telegram, 27 June 1953: 4.