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The Reuben Statue

The Reuben Statue

Each year, during the NCS Annual Reuben Awards Weekend, the Society honors the year’s outstanding achievements in all walks of the profession.

The recipient of our profession’s highest honor, the REUBEN AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR is chosen by a secret ballot of the members.

Excellence in the fields of newspaper strips, newspaper panels, TV animation, feature animation, newspaper illustration, gag cartoons, book illustration, greeting cards, comic books, magazine feature/magazine illustration, and editorial cartoons, is honored in the NCS Division Awards, which are chosen by specially-convened juries at the chapter level.

The Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, as is the Silver T-Square, an award that recognizes outstanding service to the Society and the profession.

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The Reuben Award



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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From Left: Rube Goldberg wins the Reuben in 1967. Sergio Aragones wins in 1996. Mell Lazarus wins in 1981.

From Left: Rube Goldberg wins the Reuben in 1967. Sergio Aragones wins in 1996. Mell Lazarus wins in 1981.

The Caniff



THE MILTON CANIFF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD is awarded by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors. It is given for a lifetime of outstanding and accomplished work to a cartoonist who has not previously won a Reuben. (The one exception was the posthumous award to Charles M. Schulz, who was awarded a unique Golden Caniff for his outstanding contribution to the artform.)

Morrie Turner, pictured with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez, San Francisco, 2003.

Morrie Turner, pictured with Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez, San Francisco, 2003.

  • 2003 MORRIE TURNER
  • 2004 JULES FEIFFER
  • 2005 GAHAN WILSON
  • 2006 RALPH STEADMAN
  • 2007 SANDRA BOYNTON
  • 2008 FRANK FRAZETTA
  • 2009 JOE KUBERT
  • 2009 GEORGE BOOTH
  • 2010 R.O. BLECHMAN
  • 2012 BRAD ANDERSON
Art by Jack Davis

Art by Jack Davis

The T-Square



THE GOLD T-SQUARE is awarded for 50 years as professional cartoonist. So far, two have been presented: to RUBE GOLDBERG in 1955 and to MORT WALKER in 1999.

THE SILVER T-SQUARE is awarded, by unanimous vote of the NCS Board of Directors, to persons who have demonstrated outstanding dedication or service to the Society or the profession. The recipients to date are:

Division Awards


Other Awards



THE ACE AWARD

The “AMATEUR CARTOONIST EXTRAORDINARY” award, primarily ceremonial, is given to a celebrity or notable who aspired at one time to become a cartoonist, but whose path led them to an entirely different career. This list reflects the cumulative data that currently exists:

  • 1961 ARNE RHODE
  • 1962 CAROL BURNETT
  • 1963 HUGH HEFNER
  • 1963 JONATHAN WINTERS
  • 1964 CHUCK McCANN
  • 196? CLIFF ARQUETTE
  • 1967 JACKIE GLEASON
  • 1970 ORSON BEAN
  • 1972 BOBBY DAY
  • 1973 ROBERT LANSING
  • 1974 JANE POWELL
  • 1975 RITA MORENO
  • 197? BOYD LEWIS
  • 1979 LINDA GIALANELLA
  • 1980 GINGER ROGERS
  • 1981 CLAIRE TREVOR
  • 1990 JOHN UPDIKE
  • 1991 AL ROKER
  • 1992 TOM WOLFE
  • 1993 PETE HAMILL
  • 1996 DENIS LEARY
  • 1998 MORLEY SAFER


Rocky Graziano accepts his No.1 Award.

Rocky Graziano accepts his No.1 Award.


THE NO.1 AWARD

This primarily ceremonial award was given to the sports personality of the year. Sculpted by Bill Crawford, it was presented at Sports Night. Our list reflects the cumulative data that currently exists:

  • 1968 RALPH HOUK
  • 1970 GIL HODGES
  • 1971 JACK DEMPSEY
  • 1971 JOAN WHITNEY PAYSON
  • 1972 LEROY “SATCHEL” PAIGE
  • 1974 ROCKY GRAZIANO
  • 1974 MONTE IRWIN
  • 197? CASEY STENGEL
  • 19?? PEARL BAILEY
  • 19?? YOGI BERRA
  • 19?? DAVE DeBUSSCHERE
  • 19?? REGGIE JACKSON
  • 19?? WILLIS REED
  • 1984 PHIL RIZZUTO


THE ELZIE SEGAR AWARD

This award is presented to a person who has made a unique and outstanding contribution to the profession of cartooning. The winner was selected by the NCS Board and later by King Features Syndicate, in honor of “Popeye” creator, Elzie Segar.

Popeye by Elzie Segar ┬ęKing Features Syndicate Inc.

"Popeye" by Elzie Segar ┬ęKing Features Syndicate Inc.


THE AWARD OF HONOR

This award was for recognition of the American cartoon as an instrument in war, peace, education and in the artistic betterment of our cultural environment. On September 22, 1965, the following were honored:
GENERAL OMAR N. BRADLEY, WALTER CRONKITE, JOHN C. DALY and JOHN CAMERON SWAYZE.

GOLD KEY AWARD

The National Cartoonists Society Hall of Fame.


Other awards have been presented to notables and others during theme events. MARGE DUFFY DEVINE, HERB JACOBY and JIM RUSSELL all reveived special awards for outstanding service to the NCS.
The TIM ROSENTHAL AWARD is a chapter award to recognize outstanding service at chapter level.