Canadian Editorial Cartoonist John Collins Dies at 89

By: E&P Staff

John Collins, who did about 15,000 editorial cartoons for The Gazette of Montreal during a span of 43 years, died Sept. 13 at the age of 89.

The Washington, D.C.-born Collins was reportedly The Gazette’s first staff cartoonist when he joined the paper in 1939. He was known for a stock figure named Uno Who — described by The Gazette, in its Collins obituary, as “a puzzled little man who could afford only suspenders, a barrel, a top hat and shoes for attire, but who was always on the scene as an observer, dismayed or alarmed or distraught or, every now and then, delighted by the latest development in the news.”

After his 1982 retirement, Collins did drawings that ran in The Gazette with a weekly memories-of-Montreal column called “All Our Yesterdays.” That feature was written by Edgar Andrew Collard, who died in 2000.

Collins’ death was mentioned today on Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter blog and Dirk Deppey’s Comics Journal blog.

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