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BATCHELOR, Clarence (C. D.)

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Born: April 1, 1888
September 5, 1977


Editorial Cartoonist

Bio Summary

Batchelor's journalistic career began in 1911 as a staff artist for the Kansas City Star. From 1914 to 1918 he worked as a free-lance artist, returning to newspapers in 1923 when he worked as a cartoonist in the New York Post for the Ledger Syndicate until 1931. He then found his permanent niche at the New York Daily News, where he worked until 1969. Batchelor's most famous editorial cartoon, which reflected the newspaper's isolationist stance and won him the Pulitzer Prize for 1937, depicted a prototypical "Any European Youth" greeted by a skull-faced harlot representing War, and captioned, "Come on in, I'll treat you right! I used to know your Daddy." Sympathetic to women's suffrage, he also contributed cartoons to the Women's Journal and the Woman Voter. He also contributed his art to the causes of public health and public safety. - Wikipedia

Early Life/Family

Parents: Daniel and Lillian (James) Bachelor

He married Hazel Deyo in 1918, married again in 1948 to Julie Margaret Forsyth, and again in 1959 to Allegra Summers Taylor.


He studied at the Chicago Art Institute from 1907 to 1910. After attending Chicago Art Institute, he worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, the New York Journal, the New York Mail and the New York Post.

Career Outline

Batchelor's journalistic career began in 1911 as a staff artist for the Kansas City Star.

Comments On Style

"Batchelor's strong cartoons were drawn with irony, a moralizing viewpoint and direction; with labels and captions written on scrolls, they have the appearance of documents. In effect, with his crisp style and strong ideas, they are proclamations in cartoon form." - Richard E. Marshall




C. D. Bachelor originated automobile safety series and "Inviting the Undertaker". He lived and worked in Deep River, Connecticut. He died on September 5, 1977.

Batchelor is also known for having executed a bronze bust of Joseph Medill Patterson, the founder of the Daily News, and a series of oil murals in the
News Building.


The cartoon collection of C. D. Batchelor were originally submitted to the The New York Daily Times as editorial cartoons.

Between 1963 and 1979, Batchelor and his wife, Allegra, donated over six thousand original cartoons to
Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Library.



$200.00 for the 6 best cartoons on public health by A.M.A. in 1912

In 1937 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his cartoon, Come on in, "I'll treat you right. I used to know your Daddy".

The National Headliners Plaque in 1938, and Page One award in 1965.

Related Links

Bibliographic References - Wikipedia - Wichita State University Libraries - Department of Special Collections - Syracuse University

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