An exhibition of original MAC cartoons
Stan McMurtry (MAC) was born in Edinburgh in 1936 but moved with his parents to Birmingham when he was about 10 years old.
Later on, he studied at the Birmingham school of art hoping to be a landscape painter. However, by a chance meeting, he was introduced to a man who was just starting a cartoon animation studio in Henley upon Thames. He worked as an animator for ten years while at the same time contributing cartoon gags to Punch magazine and various National newspapers.
He became a full-time cartoonist at the age of thirty. By this time, he was married with two bonny children, Karen and Andrew. Times were hard with some weeks not producing any income at all, but gradually things picked up and he started selling more work. he was offered a trial job on the now-defunct Daily Sketch newspaper.
Two years later the Sketch was taken over by the Daily Mail and so was Mac. He was to be with that paper for 48 years during which time he was awarded the title “Cartoonist of the Year” seven times, political cartoonist twice and was presented with an MBE by her Majesty the Queen, He has been on Desert Island Discs for the BBC, written scripts for Dave Allen and Tommy Cooper and had a successful children’s book published “The Bunjee Venture”. He has now retired but is busily writing another children’s book as well as trying to get his handicap downplaying golf.
However, he has recently agreed to contribute cartoons to the “Mail on Sunday”.