Javad Alizadeh

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Javad Alizadeh
Javad alizadeh.jpg
Born (1953-01-09) 9 January 1953 (age 69)
Ardabil, Iran
Notable works
  • 4D Humor
  • Caricatures of comic actors
  • Caricatures of Hedayat
  • Mofasser-e Shout
  • World Cup Humors
  • TV Comics
AwardsSilver Date of IFHB
Javad Alizadeh
Official website

Javad Alizadeh (Persian: جواد علیزاده Javād Alīzādeh Persian pronunciation: [dʒævɒːd(-e) æliːˈzɒːde]; professional name: Javad; born 9 January 1953) is an Iranian professional cartoonist best known for his caricatures of politicians, comic actors, footballers, and for his scientific/philosophical column (including cartoons, caricatures and satire) titled 4D Humor, which has won awards from Italy, China and Japan.[1] An active artist since 1970, his works have been published in international publications.[2] He is the founder of the leading monthly cartoon magazine Humor & Caricature and is its founding and current publisher and editor-in-chief.

Early life[edit]

Caricatures can decrease violence and bring cultures closer. They aim to promote peace and teach us to be moderate and laugh at our problems.

Javad Alizadeh

Alizadeh was born on 9 January 1953 in Ardebil, northwestern Iran, and graduated BA in English translation.[3] Influenced by his university degree, he considers writing and drawing cartoons as a tool that can translate sufferings, hardships and the mysteries of life into humorous language.

In 1990 he founded his monthly cartoon magazine Humor & Caricature and since then he has been the editor and publisher of this independent and private publication.[4][5][6] This humorous magazine publishes both pictorial and written humor about various subjects such as politics, sports, cinema, music and philosophy. According to the official website of the magazine, the purpose of the publication is "to promote peace, laughter, tolerance, moderation and multidimensional and multilateral insight in Iranian society".[7]

Alizadeh has also attended numerous cartoon conferences in Japan, Malta, Turkey, Bulgaria, Finland, and has served on the jury of the Skopje 86, Anglet( France ) 91, Dubai 2002, Izmir 2008 cartoon festivals and Tehran Cartoon Biennial in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2005.[citation needed] He has experimented with different styles and genres of humor such as editorial, gags, portrait caricatures and black caricatures, black humor, comic strips, sport humor, surrealistic and philosophical humor, and his works have been published in many leading foreign presses and publications in the 1980s and 1990s by C & W syndicate, including Who's Who in Satire and Humor, Nebelspalter, Chicago tribune, Courrier International, Graphis annual, Osten, Mondial.

A former staff writer and editor of the Witty World[8] cartoon magazine, Alizadeh is a member of the international Cartoonists & Writers Syndicate. He also holds membership of the Good Humor Party, a humorous party in Poland.[9]

Mad Commentator[edit]

Alizadeh created a humorous mascot called Mad Commentator (Persian: مفسر شوت) who rose to fame after correctly "predicting" the result of the opening match between Argentina and Cameroon at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.[10]

4D Humor[edit]

Influenced by Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, he created a scientific/philosophical cartoon on the Theory of Relativity[11] titled 4D Humor. He has also published a column (including cartoons, caricatures and satire) in his monthly magazine of the same title.[12]

In 2005 the website of the World Year of Physics carried a link to his cartoons about relativism on its "play physics page", showing his scientific cartoons.[13]

In October 2008, his scientific cartoon on twin paradox in special relativity was shown and studied in the reading class and conference held by CERN (The International Journal of High-Energy Physics site) in Trieste, Italy.[14]


Alizadeh has won some 30 prizes in international cartoon festivals including:

  • First Caricature Prize in Anglet Cartoon Festival, France (1990)
  • Silver Date prize in International Festival of the Humor of Bordighera, Italy (1996)
  • First Cartoon Prize in Ankara 7-77 Cartoon for the children Festival, Turkey (2007)
  • First cartoon prize in Istanbul Aydin dogan cartoon festival, Turkey (2012)[15][16]
  • Honorable mentions at the United Nations/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards (2016)[17]
  • First Caricature Prize in Gallarate Contest, Italy (2019)[18]


Year English title Persian Pages Notes
1977 Image of Hedayat Tasvīr-e Hedāyat - Portraits of Sadegh Hedayat
1980 Shootball! Šūtbāl! - Cartoons about Football
Hundred Jokes, Hundred Cartoons Sad Latīfeh, Sad Kārton - -
1982 World Cup Humors Tanzhā-ye Jām-e Jahānī - Cartoons on 1982 World Cup
1984 TV Comics/Cartoons - - -
Serious Cartoons Kārikāturhā-ye Jeddī - Black humor cartoons
1985 News-maker Politicians Siyāsatmadārān-e Xabarsāz Portraits of Politicians
Cinema Comedians Komediyanhā-ye Sīnemā - Portraits of comic actors
1986 World Cup Humors Tanzhā-ye Jām-e Jahānī Cartoons on 1986 World Cup
1987 TV Comics/Cartoons - -
1988 Missile Humor under Missile Attacks! Tanz-e - Mūšakī - Black humor created during War of the Cities
1989 New Jokes, New Cartoons Latifehā-ye Rūz, Kārtonhā-ye Rūz - -
1990 World Cup Humors Tanzhā-ye Jām-e Jahānī Cartoons on 1990 World Cup
Joking with Einstein(4D Humor) Šūkhī bā Einstein - Cartoons and humors on Albert Einstein's
humorous character, Relativity theory,
curvature of time/space, weight of light


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WittyWorld News". Archived from the original on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Ankara festival displaying works by Iranian cartoonist". tehran times. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Istanbul to host Iranian cartoonist's workshop". tehran times. 11 November 2007. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Golagha Institute". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  5. ^[dead link]
  6. ^ "جای خالی نشریات فکاهی و طنز سنتی ایران". Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  7. ^ "tanz-o-caricature". Archived from the original on 26 August 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Witty World web site". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Great cartoonists in Good Humor Party - cartoonist, cartoons, rysunek satyryczny". Archived from the original on 15 September 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  10. ^ "مفسر شوت". Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  11. ^ Arida, Ayssar, Quantum City, p. 41. Architectural Press, 2002.
  12. ^ yektaweb يكتاوب. "جزيره دانش - جواد عليزاده- - گالري 9". Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  13. ^ "WYP2005". WYP2005. Retrieved 20 September 2010.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  16. ^ "Irancartoon Web Gallery :: The Results of 29th Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Contest/ Turkey".
  17. ^ "Iranian artist Javad Alizadeh honored at UN/Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards". 30 December 2016.
  18. ^ "Javad Alizadeh from Iran Won First Prize of Gallarate Contest".

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