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Marc, Mark Boxer (1931 - 1988)

Mark Boxer Marc original cartoon artwork.

Drawing under the pen-name Marc, Boxer first came to prominence with a regular cartoon 'Life and Times in NW1', which ran in The Listener from 1968. This satirised the lifestyles of NW1 trendies, as typified in his characters Simon and Joanna Stringalong. He followed this with a long series of pocket cartoons, single frame social commentaries which were published first in The Times, and subsequently in The Guardian. These were created in collaboration with the humorist George Melly, and led many to consider him the successor to Osbert Lancaster. Boxer’s profile drawings of celebrated personalities, usually commissioned to accompany a feature profile article, appeared in the New Statesman between 1970 and 1978, and in The Observer between 1982 and 1987.