THE OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR
is chosen by a secret ballot of the members of the National Cartoonists Society. The REUBEN AWARD is the highest honor that the profession bestows. As with all the NCS awards, the winner need not be a member of the Society.

The award was previously called the Billy DeBeck Memorial Award, and the recipient received an engraved silver cigarette box. The Reuben was introduced in 1954 and is named after longtime Honorary President Rube Goldberg. The statue is based on one of Goldberg's irreverent pieces of sculpture. The eight winners who had received the "Barney," as the Billy DeBeck Award was dubbed, subsequently received Reuben statuettes and are termed Reuben winners in the Society's annals.


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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE REUBEN WINNERS



Left: The Reuben Statue

Right: "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening receives the Reuben Award, San Francisco, 2003

 
     

       
       
       

 


   
 

1946
MILTON CANIFF

1947
AL CAPP

1948
CHIC YOUNG

1949
ALEX RAYMOND

1950
ROY CRANE

1951
WALT KELLY

1952
HANK KETCHAM

1953
MORT WALKER

1954
WILLARD MULLIN

1955
CHARLES M. SCHULZ

1956
HERBERT BLOCK

1957
HAL FOSTER

1958
FRANK KING

1959
CHESTER GOULD

1960
RONALD SEARLE

1961
BILL MAULDIN

1962
DIK BROWNE

1963
FRED LASSWELL

1964
CHARLES M. SCHULZ

1965
LEONARD STARR

1966
OTTO SOGLOW

1967
RUBE GOLDBERG

1968
JOHNNY HART
PAT OLIPHANT (tied)

1969
WALTER BERNDT

1970
ALFRED ANDRIOLA

1971
MILTON CANIFF

1972
PAT OLIPHANT

1973
DIK BROWNE

1974
DICK MOORES

1975
BOB DUNN

1976
ERNIE BUSHMILLER

1977
CHESTER GOULD

1978
JEFF MacNELLY

1979
JEFF MacNELLY

1980
CHARLES SAXON

1981
MELL LAZARUS

1982
BIL KEANE

1983
ARNOLD ROTH

1984
BRANT PARKER

1985
LYNN JOHNSTON

1986
BILL WATTERSON

1987
MORT DRUCKER

1988
BILL WATTERSON

1989
JIM DAVIS

1990
GARY LARSON

1991
MIKE PETERS

1992
CATHY GUISEWITE

1993
JIM BORGMAN

1994
GARY LARSON

1995
GARRY TRUDEAU

1996
SERGIO ARAGONÉS

1997
SCOTT ADAMS

1998
WILL EISNER

1999
PATRICK McDONNELL

2000
JACK DAVIS

2001
JERRY SCOTT

2002
MATT GROENING

2003
GREG EVANS

2004
PAT BRADY

2005
MIKE LUCKOVICH