Burr Shafer (1899 – June 25, 1965) was an American cartoonist. His cartoon collections featured the character of J. Wesley Smith appearing in various historical settings. His historical satires moved U.S. President Harry S. Truman to write "I'm very proud that I'm smart enough to get the point." His cartoons appeared in The New Yorker and The Saturday Review of Literature.
The J. Wesley Smith character, while not explicitly identified with the explorer John Smith, was depicted in the explorer's situation in a cartoon panel about Pocahontas. The joke, as he had his head on her father's chopping block with the ax about to come down, was that, with the middle name of Wesley, he should not be confused with real John Smith.
- "Milestones: Jun. 25, 1965". Time. June 25, 1965.
- E.g. Through History with J. Wesley Smith and its sequels.
- "'Women's Auxillary [sic]' Burr Shafer Original panel cartoon". Comic Cartoons Webportfolio. The Art-cade Gallery.
- Haverstick, John (1957). "The Saturday Review" Treasury: A Volume of Good Reading Selected from the Complete Files by John Haverstick and the Editors of the Saturday Review. New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 493. OCLC 193181.
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