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OBITUARY: Stanley Franklin.

HE DREW the pictures that made everyone laugh. When the writers and journalists were seeking the words to dress a great event, Stanley Franklin often told it all with a simple cartoon.

Except,of course,it wasn't really simple.

Franklin had the gift of catching a person's likeness with a few deft lines of his mapping pen. More than that,he saw the features which betrayed his subject's true character. It was a great gift, particularly appreciated by readers of the Daily Mirror and later The Sun , where this like able Cockney was the political cartoonist.

A little man calledRaspberry because of his bulbous,hairy nose was in all his cartoons and he was accompanied by a dove during Franklin's Sun years.

In the style of old Fleet Street,Franklin left school at 14, though he studied at the HammersmithSchoolof Arts and Crafts.

For a while he worked in an advertising agency, but while there hadacartoon accepted by theMirror.

His first staff job was with the old Daily Heraldin the mid-1950s, where he did the Mr Farthing strip.

He took over from Vicky (Victor Weisz) at theMirror, where he worked from 1959 to 1970.

At The Sun ,he was political cartoonist from 1974 to 1992.

But his talents stretched beyond popular journalism to The New Statesman and TV satire shows. In the early 1970s,he produced graphic cartoons for programmes including The Marty Feldman Show,Them and LameDucks. He alsoillustratedbooks, most notably Johnny Spei-ght's The Thoughts of Chairman Alf,Alf Garnett's Little Blue Book and the Alf Garnett Scripts.

Cartoons to the little man with ginger hair were, ``The extraction of bad teeth with laughing gas''.

In addition, the politicians of his era-Wilson, Heath,Foot,Callaghan, Thatcher,Major etc-Franklin delighted in his images of the RoyalFamily,desperately trying to keep abreast of a society, which seemed to bed rifting away from them.

There a remore than 50 of his drawings in the cartoon biography ofPrince Charles, One's Life. His style, though alert to all the comic possibilities, wasn't cruel or grotesque, and some of his work hangs in the Royalcollection.

Stanley Arthur Franklin, cartoonist.

Born October 30, 1930; died February 2, 2004.
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Date:Feb 9, 2004
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