Duncan Macpherson (1924-1993) was Canada’s most celebrated political cartoonist. He won six National Newspaper Awards for his work at the Toronto Star and was awarded the Order of Canada, among many other honours.
But his output ended before the internet was a thing, and many Canadians are not aware of him or his work. In an engrossing and beautifully crafted and illustrated biography published this month, Terry Mosher — another political cartooning giant, better known to readers of the Montreal Gazette as Aislin — has done his best to place Macpherson, as he put it, “back on the map as a great cartoonist, a great Canadian and a great artist.”
With Professional Heckler: The Life and Art of Duncan Macpherson (McGIll-Queen’s University Press), he has written and art-directed a masterful work that gives readers a sense of the man, flaws and all, his personal journey and the time in which he lived, and illustrates, through words and images, his prodigious talent. It is Mosher’s hope that the book will find its place in libraries and archives.