Pál Pusztai

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Pal Pusztai
Born(1919-09-04)September 4, 1919
DiedSeptember 11, 1970(1970-09-11) (aged 51)
Occupationcartoonist, illustrator

Pál Pusztai (Hungarian: Pusztai Pál; September 4, 1919 - September 11, 1970) was a Hungarian graphic artist and cartoonist.


Pusztai first started working as an officer of the Hungarian State Railways, where he made public service drawings and posters. Later, he switched to advertising graphics.[1] In 1955, he published his first newspaper cartoons, displaying distinctive style features. Pusztai's clear, understandable and well-composed drawing style made him one of the most significant Hungarian artists of the genre. From 1959 he worked as a regular artist for the magazine Ludas Matyi. There, he authored a series of military-themed cartoon titled Iván és Joe (lit. 'Ivan and Joe'), featuring two characters, a Soviet and an American soldier. In keeping with the communist-sympathetic Hungary, Ivan was depicted as the wiser and more prudent of the two.

His longest-running comic strip series (1957- 1970) was Jucika [hu], featuring a young, independent woman, frequently in risqué situations.[2]

For his independent cartoon album (1963) Pál Somogyi wrote a preface. His cartoons have been published in international publications, and have been featured in international cartoon exhibitions and biennials, which have been internationally recognized. As an external collaborator he was engaged in several magazines, and his cartoons could be seen, among others, in Workers' Magazine, Country-World, Women's Magazine, Illustrated Hungary, and Füles.  He also made advertising drawings, postcards, (a series of military cartoon postcards, still in circulation for many years after his death), card calendars, and designed educational and movie posters. He signed as Pusztai.

Posthumous popularity[edit]

Originally a little-known comic primarily restricted to 1960s Hungarian popular culture, Pusztai's comic Jucika gained an international cult following during the late 2010s after the series sparked renewed interest on numerous online imageboards and Twitter. The comic's online popularity inspired the establishment of a booru in November 2019 to archive fanmade images of the titular protagonist.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ https://artportal.hu/lexikon-muvesz/pusztai-pal-5992/
  2. ^ "New exhibition shows Hungarian women in Socialist advertising". welovebudapest.com. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  3. ^ "Jucika- Know Your Meme". Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  4. ^ "pusztai_pál "Jucika"-Sexy comic strip from Hungary, a socialist country 60's". Togetter. 2019-11-16. Retrieved 2020-04-06.
  5. ^ "Jucika Booru". Retrieved 2020-04-06.

External links[edit]

  • Pál Pusztai on IMDb
  • Pál Pusztai at Budapest Poster Gallery
  • Fehéri, Tamás (December 1964). "Jucika a Filmhíradóban" [Jucika in the Filmhíradó]. Magyar Filmhíradó [Hungarian newsreel] (in Hungarian) (53). Budapest Filmstúdió. Retrieved 19 March 2020 – via Filmhíradók Online.