Stanley McMurtry

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Stanley McMurtry
Born (1936-05-04) 4 May 1936 (age 80)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation Cartoonist
Spouse(s) Liz

Stanley McMurtry MBE (born 4 May 1936),[1] known by his pen name Mac, is a British cartoonist. McMurtry is best known for his work for the British Daily Mail newspaper.[2]


McMurtry views his role as making "dreary news copy of the daily paper brighter, by putting in a laugh".[3]

Mac was granted an MBE in the 2003 New Year's honours list for "services to the newspaper industry".[4]


In most of his daily cartoons, Mac includes a small portrait of his wife hidden within the picture.[5] However, he does not include her when the cartoon makes a political statement, or when it depicts a tragedy.[citation needed]


In November 2015, Mac was accused of "spectacular racism"[6] for his cartoon which referred to the news that singer Tom Jones would undergo tests to discover whether he had black ancestry. Later the same month, following the Paris attacks by Jihadists, Mac produced a cartoon depicting refugees crossing the EU's borders with rats at their feet. Some journalists suggested the imagery evoked that used by Nazi propagandists, including in their notorious film The Eternal Jew (1940).[7]

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  1. ^ "Mac (Stanley McMurtry) (Born 1936)". c. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ Goodley, Simon (2005-11-25). "People". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Desert Island Discs - This weeks guest". BBC. 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  4. ^ "MBEs: I-M". BBC. 2003-12-31. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  5. ^ Room, Adrian. "Cummings, (Arthur Stuart) Michael". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 21 November 2014. 
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