Jim Lange (cartoonist)

James Jacob Lange (August 15, 1926 – April 16, 2009) was an American cartoonist who worked for The Oklahoman for 58 years and produced over 19,000 cartoons.


Lange was born in Winnebago, Minnesota.[1] While he was a youth, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa. He joined the U.S. Air Force during World War II. In Iowa he met Helen Johnstone, whom he later married.

After his military service, Lange attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.[2] He and Helen moved to Oklahoma, where he got a job as an editorial cartoonist, hired by newspaper mogul Edward Gaylord. He started work for The Oklahoman on October 1, 1950.[3] His first cartoon featured Oklahoma Governor Roy Turner.

Lange co-founded the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists[4] and served as its President during the 1980s. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 1993.[3]

Lange's work was collected in a 1994 collection published by The Oklahoman.[5][6] He was known for his everyman character, called "Mr. Voter" or "John Q. Public", described in an Oklahoman editorial as "bespectacled, mustachioed, fedora-wearing".[7] In 2006 the Oklahoma State Senate voted to make this character the "state's official editorial cartoon."[8]

Lange was forced to retire in October 2008 after 150 members of staff took buyouts, retired early or were laid off.[9] He retired after 58 years of service.[10] Lange died on April 16, 2009 at the age of 82.[3][11]

He and Helen had four children;[1] he was survived by his wife and three children.[3]


  1. ^ a b James Lange (obittree.com)
  2. ^ "James Jacob "Jim" Lange (okcemeteries.net)". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  3. ^ a b c d Longtime cartoonist Jim Lange dies, The Oklahoman, April 18, 2009.
  4. ^ A Report on the 2007 AAEC Convention in Washington, D.C., AAEC Editorial Cartoon News, September 26, 2007
  5. ^ Jim Lange, Lange (Oklahoma Publishing Company, 1994)
  6. ^ Comics Legend: Jim Lange, Suspended Animation Comics Reviews (retrieved May 25, 2009)
  7. ^ Goodbye, Jim: Our hats are off for 58-year cartoonist, The Oklahoman, April 19, 2009
  8. ^ Mr. Voter Tapped by Senate as State’s Official Editorial Cartoon, Oklahoma State Senate News, March 9, 2006 (retrieved May 25, 2009)
  9. ^ After 58 years, Lange Takes 'Early' Retirement", AAEC Editorial Cartoon News, December 5, 2008
  10. ^ Jim Lange retires from Oklahoman after 58 years Daily Cartoonist, October 10, 2008
  11. ^ Oklahoman Cartoonist Jim Lang Dies[permanent dead link] KRMG Local News