Clarence (C. D.) Batchelor

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Clarence (C. D.) Batchelor

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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.

Family and early life

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.

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

Honors and awards

$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.


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