An Army veteran found his talent in art, and a chance meeting led to an award-winning second career drawing newspaper comics in Charlotte. Through his cartoons, Eugene Payne forced the nation to rethink key political issues.
Through his cartoons for the Charlotte Observer, Eugene Payne explored local, state, and national political and social issues in 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. In 1968, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. A collection of his cartoons is housed in the Special Collections of Atkins Library at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Cartoons and photographs provided by the Eugene Payne Cartoon Collection, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Library. Click any image to enlarge.
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