Going to the Dogs, Part III — Ted Martin and Pavlov

From the sticker on the cover, I guess this one came from Australia.

Pavlov, by Ted Martin, is found now only in cartoon collections, such as the ones above, which date from 1984.

In December 2007  at the Canadian Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society, there is the following quote:

Ted Martin: had a syndicated comic panel called Pavlov with Universal Press for 20 years. He’s also illustrated all the Looney Spoons/Crazy Plates books, and illustrates a regular column with Reader’s Digest.

So, he started the strip in 1978, and it ran for twenty years until, if my math is correct, 1998.

As mentioned above, Martin also did cartoons for Loonyspoons.  For those of us not from Canada, the following quote from LFPress, in an article about two sisters and their cookbooks,  might help.

“Penning cookbooks with names such as Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates and Eat, Shrink and Be Merry, (with cartoons by Ted Martin) the sisters have turned healthful eating into a successful business venture. Hosts of a cooking show on Food Network Canada, they’ve also developed a line of healthy prepared foods, produced monthly columns for various magazines and created a series of grEATing cards for Hallmark.”

There is an article in the Montreal Gazette, December 1, 1979 about Lynn Johnson and her cartoon strip, For Better or Worse, which  included information on two other Canadian cartoonists, Jim Unger (Herman) and Ted Martin.  Here is an excerpt.

That is an interesting quote about single panels not selling as well as strips.  Wonder what Bill Keane of Family Circus fame thinks about that.  Anyway, I find it interesting that Lynn Johnson, Jim Unger and Ted Martin all becoming known about the same time.  Possibly a future blog here.

There is also a comment about Martin’s single panel cartoon in a fascinating discussion about Canadian cartoons in the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Ted Martin was born in Britain per the

Michigan State University Libraries

Special Collections Division
Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection
“Martin, P.” to “Marüshka”

Martin and his wife, Dawn ran Toronto’s first Cartoon Gallery.  I recently had an opportunity to visit with Dawn Martin by phone, who mentioned that Ted Martin Cartoons is no longer a brick and mortar store, but still has a presence on the internet.  Besides keeping active in the cartoon world, he appraises collections and advises on cartoons.  Their son, Leo followed in the footsteps of his father, as an animator, and is currently in management in that field.

And speaking of Dawn, there is an interesting story about Dawn having her bike stolen.  The following excerpt is from a tribute to Duncan MacPherson, on the occasion of his retirement, April 25, 1993, as published in The Toronto Star.  The “Dunc” is MacPherson’s nickname.

“Generosity? In the mid-1970’s Dawn Martin, wife of “Pavlov” cartoonist Ted Martin, co-owners of Canada’s first cartoon gallery, dropped by Dunc’s office at The Toronto Star with a cheque for the first of his cartoons sold at their gallery.  Dawn had parked and locked her bicycle at the entrance of the Star building and, after the visit, returned to see a couple of youths making off with her bike. Dunc, on his way out to lunch, found Dawn bikeless and commiserated with her. The next day, Dawn received a brand new Raleigh – courtesy of Duncan Macpherson.”  

In 1997, April Fools day, the great cartoon switcheroo, Pavlov was drawn by V. Lee, while Ted Martin drew Beattie Blvd.

Below is one of his more recent collections, One Flew Over the Caddyshack.

Here are a few cartoons from A Dog’s Life.

And lastly, the following link on the google search site has quite a few Ted Martin cartoons.

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2 Responses to Going to the Dogs, Part III — Ted Martin and Pavlov

  1. Maggie May says:

    And an interesting cartoon subject, considering that he never owned a dog.

  2. Dan says:

    Thanks for this info. I used to flip through those little collection books repeatedly as a kid. I loved Pavlov & his antics.

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