grinned and bear it

Grin and Bear It

Grin and Bear It is a daily panel created by George Lichtenstein under the penname George Lichty. It has been syndicated from 1932 through 1940 and from 1942 until the present.

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.


  • Strickler, Dave. Syndicated Comic Strips and Artists, 1924-1995: The Complete Index. Cambria, CA: Comics Access, 1995. ISBN 0-9700077-0-1.

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