This heading should really read "Pulitzer Prizes"
because Jeff MacNelly won 3, 1972, 1978, and 1985 for his editorial
cartoons in his too-short lifetime.
Click on the thumbnail below to see the
famous "1040" 1976 cartoon for which he won his 1978 award.
There is an editorial library of
Jeff's cartoons at
``Jeff was simply the most brilliant political
cartoonist of the time,'' Chicago Tribune editor Howard A. Tyner said.
``No one had an eye and a sense of humor like his. And he was as funny
personally as he was in print.''
He won the first one when he was only 24 years old after working at the
Richmond News Leader in Virginia for only 16 months. After 12 years at the
Richmond News Leader, he joined the Chicago Tribune in 1982 where he won
his 3rd Pulitzer.
But editorial cartoons weren't his only outlet. In 1977, MacNelly began
the daily comic strip ``Shoe,'' about a cranky newspaper's editor and its
two-bit hacks, all of whom just happen to be birds. The cigar-chomping
boss of the Treetops Tattler was P. Martin Shoemaker, inspired by
MacNelly's former boss Jim Shumaker, now a University of North Carolina
professor. He also illustrated humorist Dave Barry's syndicated column.
The New York native took his first cartooning job in 1969 when he dropped
out of the University of North Carolina to take a $120-per-week position
with a weekly paper in Chapel Hill, N.C.