- Associated Press - Monday, October 25, 2010

MALIBU, CALIF. (AP) - Leo Cullum, a cartoonist whose drawings helped define the look of The New Yorker magazine in recent decades, has died. He was 68.

Cullum’s brother, Thomas Cullum, told The Associated Press Monday night that Leo Cullum died of cancer Saturday in Malibu, five years after he was diagnosed with the disease.

For 33 years, Cullum contributed hundreds of cartoons to the magazine, featuring images of businessmen in sombreros, showgirls in courtrooms and smart-aleck dogs. His distinctive drawings were often used for the magazine’s caption contest.

Cullum worked as a pilot for TWA for 30 years, including his early years as a cartoonist. He took up cartooning more seriously after the airline laid him off.

His death was first reported by The New York Times.

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