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cartoonist , Editor , author

Lawrence Lariar was an American novelist, cartoonist and cartoon editor, notable for his Best Cartoons of the Year series of cartoon collections.


Lariar, Lawrence was born on December 25, 1908 in Brooklyn. Son of Marcy and Ella (Poll) Lariar.


Student, New York School Fine and Applied Arts, 1926-1929;student, Academie Juliena, Parisstudent, Art Students League, New York City.


He wrote crime novels, sometimes using the pseudonyms Michael Stark, Adam Knight and Marston la France. After graduation, he teamed with two of his friends, and they started a cartoon agency, selling their own work under a dozen different pseudonyms. In 1927, they moved the operation to Paris, selling to British magazines and Fleetway.

Two years later, they were back in New York looking for work, as Lariar recalled, "To make a living, we did everything. We had a service for printers, drew cartoons for calendars, played messenger and did some of the first work for the slicks." They scored with a series of cartoon postcards that Boy Scouts could use to write home, selling more than a million cards in a direct-mail campaign. From 1930 to 1938, working in an office on 45th Street, Lariar did freelance gag cartoons, comic strips and spot drawings, including political cartoons for the New York Journal American and pages for some of the earliest comic books.

They had two children. In 1941, his Comicard Company in Roosevelt, New York, produced a set of postcards that soldiers could use to write home, similar to Dave Breger's line of Private Breger postcards also available during World War II. Beginning in 1942, Lariar was the cartoon editor of , where he started The Thropp Family, the first comic strip to run as a continuity in a national magazine. From 1943 to 1946, he was president of the American Society of Magazine Cartoonists.

In 1953, he created Yankee Yiddish Cocktail Napkins, which featured cartoons illustrating puns on Yiddish words and expressions.



Married Susan Meyer, October 19, 1935. Children: Linda, Stephen.

Marcy Lariar

Ella (Poll) Lariar

Susan Meyer

Linda Lariar

Stephen Lariar