|Birth: ||Oct. 1, 1926|
|Death: ||Sep. 10, 2000|
Ben Wicks, Canadian cartoonist, illustrator, journalist and author was born in London East near London Bridge on October 1, 1926 to Cockney parents. Ben joined the British army then moved to Canada in 1957. He began doing cartoons and sold them to magazines across Canada. His first major success came when the Saturday Evening Post started publishing his works.
In 1963, Ben and his wife moved to Toronto where his Outcasts cartoons became syndicated in over 50 newspapers. His cartoons were very simple but succinct to the point and very witty. At the height of Wicks' career, his daily cartoon called Wicks was in 84 Canadian and 100 American newspapers.
Wicks illustrated a series of children's books written by his daughter which became an animated television program for PBS in the United States. He also used his illustrations to publicize the plight of people during the Biafra war in Nigeria and became a supporter of OXFAM. In addition, he spent a lot of time raising awareness about illiteracy among children.
Ben Wicks was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1986. He made a large donation of his works to Ryerson University archives in 1997. Ben Wicks passed away on September 10, 2000 from cancer at the age of 73.
To this day, the Ben Wicks Pub still operates in Cabbagetown in the older part of Toronto.
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Record added: Feb 19, 2008
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