Lichty created Grin and Bear it in 1932. Frequent subjects included computers, excessive capitalism and Soviet bureaucracy. Situations in his cartoons often took place in the offices of commissars or the showrooms of "Belchfire" dealers with enormous cars in the background. His series "Is Party Line, Comrade!" skewered Soviet bureaucrats, always wearing a five-pointed star medal with the label "Hero."
Lichty's cartoon style had a strong influence on the cartoons drawn by Joe Teller, as evidenced in the book, "When I'm Dead All This Will Be Yours!": Joe Teller -- A Portrait by His Kid (2000) by Teller (of Penn & Teller).
After Lichty, cartoonists who worked on the panel included Fred Wagner, Rick Yager and Ralph Dunagin. It received the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for 1956, 1960, 1962 and 1964.