Classic Cartoons: Michael Heath
Martin Plimmer on Michael Heath
Saturday 27 March 1999
The annoying thing about Heath is that he won't simply illustrate a comical idea integral to the text, as any run-of-the-mill cartoonist would do; he has to add some keen insight of his own. Invariably this turns out to be much more perceptive than the writer's.
A meticulous observer of how we dress and behave, Heath with his narrow- nibbed pen cuts straight through the absurdities of fads and fashions to uncover the greater human absurdity beneath. When he began selling cartoons in 1954, cartoonists were valued more highly. A small drawing in Tatler would net four guineas: "enough to cover your rent on a flat. The reason I'm prolific is because now, on the whole, it pays very badly."
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