Warren Leonard Deakin

New York, United States



Leonard D. Warren, commonly known as L.D. Warren.

Leonard Deakin “L.D.” Warren was born on December 27, 1906 in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from Camden High School in Camden, New Jersey. Warren got a job at the New Jersey Courier Post, and in 1927 moved to the Philadelphia Record, where he drew art, sports and editorial cartoons. Warren also worked on a tape featuring the character Penny Penguin for Gulf Oil Corporation in the 1930s and at that time collaborated with Gulf Funny Weekly.

After working for twenty years at the Record, Warren became a cartoonist editor at the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1947. While working at the Enquirer, his work was also published through the McNaught Syndicate from 1951 to 1974.

In 1954, Warren’s work was included in an exhibition of cartoons at the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Warren’s work has also appeared at an exhibition of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists in Yugoslavia. He taught cartoon drawing as a visiting lecturer at the Cincinnati Academy of Art and lectured on chalk drawing to students at the University of Cincinnati. His works were used to illustrate books, magazines and brochures.

Warren received several awards from the Freedom Foundation, the National Headliner Award in 1961, and was nominated three times for the Ruben Award of the National Society of Cartoonists. The book “Warren’s World and Cartoons” was published in 1977.

In 1973, Warren resigned from the Cincinnati Enquirer, but continued to publish weekly cartoons in the newspaper. He recommended cartoonist Jim Borgman as his replacement.

L.D. Warren died on May 14, 1992.

Reference: The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons, 1981

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