Remembering Tony Auth

Mon, 09/15/2014

Remembering Pulitzer Prize Winning Cartoonist Tony Auth.

Tony Auth, Pulitzer Prize winning Cartoonist passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the age of 72. Auth worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years, during this time he won the Pulitzer Prize. Auth the satiric voice of Philadelphia was always ready to provide humor and insight to the politics of the day.

We were very happy to be a part of his cache in April of 2013 when Theatre Exile announced its commission of Bruce Graham  to begin work on a play about former Philadelphia mayor, Frank Rizzo. Auth, along with Peter Crimmins of newsworks began questioning who we would see on the Red Carpet on Opening Night. Which served as inspiration for this Tony Auth cartoon.

Auth's Rizzo Cartoon

Credit: Tony Auth, newsworks

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An Excerpt from on Tony Auth's life work: 

"A Philly staple

Mr. Auth's impressive portfolio - he produced five cartoons a week - was a Philly staple when breakfast meant coffee, bacon and eggs, and the morning paper. As the fortunes of the newspaper industry waned, he still reached a national audience through syndication.

Perhaps more than any other Inquirer journalist, Mr. Auth's distinctive voice defined the paper's soul and crusading spirit, said Stan Wischnowski, The Inquirer's editor in 2012 who is now Interstate General Media's executive vice president for news operations.

"His passion for standing up to those in power - including eight American presidents and seven Philly mayors, as well as his voice for the powerless - were trademarks that set him apart," Wischnowski said.

Outside Philadelphia, Mr. Auth was the face of The Inquirer for 41 years, said Rick Nichols, a friend and former coworker on the paper's editorial board.

In 1976, Mr. Auth, then 34, won the paper's second Pulitzer Prize, for cartoons published in 1975. Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele won the first, in 1975, for their series, "Auditing the IRS."

Among those Auth cartoons cited by the Pulitzer committee was one showing Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev singing in the midst of a vast American wheat field, "O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain." The July 22, 1975, cartoon skewered the United States for becoming the dupe of the Soviet Union in an unpopular grain deal that raised prices on the home front.

Mr. Auth was a Pulitzer finalist in 2010 for his 2009 work. He also earned the Thomas Nast Prize in 2002, the Herblock Prize in 2005, five Overseas Press Club Awards, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism."


Rest Easy, Tony Auth.