Emile Mercier Australia

10 August 1901 in New Caledonia
10 March 1981 in Australia
79 years
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Also known as

Emile Alfred Lucien Mercier (birth name)

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Mercier came to Australia by the age of 21 and became an Australian in 1940. After his arrival, he worked in manual jobs while learning English. He attended Julian Ashton's Sydney Art School and sold his first cartoon to Smith's Weekly in February 1923.

Over the next 40 years, Mercier drew cartoons and comic strips for many newspapers and magazines, including Smith's Weekly, Aussie, Melbourne Punch, Melbourne Herald, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Bulletin, Sydney Sportsman and the ABC Weekly. He worked for the Truth/Sydney Sun from 1949 until his retirement in 1971. His cartoons were syndicated to newspapers across Australia.

His comics work for Frank Johnson includes Supa Dupa Man, Mudrake the Magician, Tripalong Hoppity, Speed Umples-troop, which satirised popular contemporary characters Superman, Mandrake, Hopalong Cassidy and Flash Gordon respectively. Other comics characters include Wocko the Beaut, Three Gun Ferdie, Yes, What? (a radio comedy of the 1940s) and Doc McSwiggle.

Mercier provided humourous cartoons for advertising campaigns, such as Advanx Tires (1927). With his second wife Flora, he produced alphabet primers and children’s books. From 1950, Angus & Robertson published collections of his cartoons in book form.

He was a member of the the Black and White Artists' Society and regularly contributed to the International Salon of Cartoons, which exhibited in the Montreal International Pavilion of Humour, Canada.

After retirement he continued to produce cartoons for the Sun and then for the Wine & Spirit Buying Guide (1976-80).

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Aussie the Cheerful Monthly (Aussie, 1920 series) #63 (15 May 1924)
Magazine: Cover
Aussie the Cheerful Monthly (Aussie, 1920 series) #66 (15 August 1924)
Magazine: Cover
The Bulletin (Bulletin, 1880 series) v45#2341 (25 December 1924)
Magazine: Text article
Aussie (Aussie, 1929? series) #119 (15 January 1929)
Magazine: Cover
Aussie Bound Volume (Aussie, 1923? series) #6 (1929)
Paying His Fare
Magazine: Cover
Smith's Weekly (Smith's, 1919 series) v20#45 (7 January 1939)
They Were Good While They Lasted
Newspaper: Cartoon
Krazy Kracks (Frank Johnson, 1941?) (1941)
Magazine: Cover
ABC Weekly (ABC, 1939 series) v3#21 (24 May 1941)
Untitled (Canteen Capers)
Magazine: Text article
ABC Weekly (ABC, 1939 series) v3#21 (24 May 1941)
Untitled (Hal Percy on Parade)
Magazine: Text article
Red Gregory (Syd Miller, 1942 series) #nn [2] (1941)
Goofy Gadgets No.1
Comic: Comic story



  • 10 Mar 2018

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