HM : Comics and Cartoons


  • Laughter is the best medicine
    Feature in Reader’s Digest
  • It takes less nerves to smile than to frown
  • A cartoon a day keeps the blues away
  • Comics and Cartoons have no age boundaries


During our times, we read

  • Beano
  • Dandy
  • Topper
  • Beezer
  • Film Fun
  • Joke and Humor book(s) :
    D. S. Saluja collected 200 or so
  • Annual (Year) special editions
  • They can be bought from private book shops like Smart & Mookerdam
  • The BSPP era saw the publication of
    Shwe Thway

Early Cartoonists

  • Published in Burmese and English newspapers, magazines, books, …

To name a few

  • Shwe Ta Lay
  • U Ba Gyan
  • U Heng Soon
  • U Aung Shein
  • U Pe Thein
  • U Than Kywe
  • U Ba Htwe
  • U Kyaw San (“Ka Sa”)
  • The “Cartoon Festival” was held in U Ba Gyan Street (around Tazaung Daing).
  • In the mid 1950s, there was a rift between the two factions of AFPFL.
    Some cartoonists took sides and a “price war” started.
    The cartoons, which sold for 60 pyas were then given away at bargain prices (any where between 10 and 50 pyas).
  • About a decade ago, my spouse paid K10,000 for a copy of “old” cartoons published in the Rangoon Times.
    Some are political satire.

RIT Cartoon Box

  • Started by U Myint Pe (M72) and team with the Patronage of Saya U Khin Maung Phone Ko (“Phone Ko”, C65) and Saya U Aung Myint {“Kyant Ba Hone:, Pet69)
  • “Phone Ko” was known for his “Vietnam cartoon”, …
  • “Kyant Ba Hone” superficially looked like “Nick Kelly”, but the contents are different.
  • Maintained by three (or more) generations of Cartoon Boxers
  • Cartoon Box was “ordered close” after 1988
  • History is published in the Commemorative Issue of Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for SPZP-2012
  • Collection of RIT Cartoons published in time for SPZP-2012
  • Pamphlet of RIT Cartoons distributed at Shwe YaDu in 2014 and SPZP-2016
  • Some (e.g. “Aw Pi Kye”) became professional cartoonists and exhibited their works in Myanmar and beyond (e.g. Asian Cartoon Exhibition)
  • RIT Main Gate was named “U Lu Paw” (at the suggestion of Ko Win Thein (M67)
  • Ko Myint Soe (C68, GBNF) and Ko Myint Thein (M69, GBNF) are fondly called [Maung] Kabar

Sample RIT Cartoons

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