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Wells, Sam (1885 – 1967)

Sam Wells original cartoon artwork.

Sam Wells joined the staff of Melbourne Punch after the First World War and later he worked for the Melbourne Herald drawing sporting cartoons. In about 1923 he put out a book of cartoons based on his work at the Herald called Wells Cartoons. Wells left the Herald in 1933 to work in England on the Manchester Daily Dispatch. In 1939, fearing Britain would lose the war against Nazi Germany, he returned to Australia to take on the job of principal political cartoonist at the Melbourne Herald, a position he held until 1950. Wells then took a job drawing sporting cartoons for The Age.