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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Cartooning the Crocodile Hunter


Steve Irwin -- The Crocodile Hunter

Everyone knew who he was, and everyone is as equally shocked to know that the Crocodile Hunter is now dead after becoming the victim of a stingray's zap to his heart during a filming session over the weekend. And yeah, the photo above is from that time when Steve Irwin decided to introduce his baby son to a crocodile.

Having seen the grief expressed by the Australian Prime Minister and the rumors that a state funeral is being planned I was curious to see how the editorial cartoonists down-under are covering this event. Here's what I found:

Peter Nicholson - The Australian

Jon Kudelka

Paul Zanetti

Paul Zanetti

Sean Leahy -- Courier Mail (Brisbane)

...and finally a pearly gates cartoon which isn't drawn by an American:

...expect to see lots more crocodile tear cartoons here.

I was in the awkward situation of commenting on Steve Irwin's death or marking the passing of Mark Graham, a Canadian soldier who was killed while serving in Afghanistan, and who happens to be Hamilton's first casualty of the war. I chose to draw on the latter.

Posted at 09:25 am by Graeme_MacKay

Morris Porris
September 6, 2006   10:10 AM PDT
Crocodile Hunter's state funeral: The hearse will of course be a converted Chevrolet.....
kyle Renault
June 20, 2008   12:30 PM PDT
Even after all this time has passed Steve is sorely missed. He was truly one of a kind. Thanks for this funny tribute to him.
November 6, 2008   06:28 AM PST
i love st the crocodile hunter
November 6, 2008   06:28 AM PST
i love st the crocodile hunter
Big Fan
January 16, 2009   08:44 AM PST
Steve will always have a place in my heart just like a stingray will always have one in his....
katie :)
May 30, 2009   06:27 PM PDT
i met hi when i was in Australia once..he was an amazing person.
even though im only 16, i have an explicable amount a resect for him. and i always will. i love his daughters show.
June 7, 2009   11:04 AM PDT
katie, have some respect for spelling, for a 16 year old, it is very bad
June 13, 2009   08:19 AM PDT
steve harrassed animals and got his just deserts
good riddens profiteer
August 22, 2009   07:03 AM PDT
i miss steve:(
September 2, 2009   01:56 PM PDT
Steve, we miss you... D:
September 16, 2009   02:33 PM PDT
STEVE was a great man he woudnt want us going around and damaging the wildlife would he? STEVE was one of those people who loved wildlife and his crocs and hopefully i shall try and follow in his footsteps and if you got killed by a animal you would not like it if you got humiliated in cartoon jokes hugh? egzacly R.I.P STEVE
February 18, 2010   06:08 AM PST
i luved steve n i always will
April 28, 2011   06:41 AM PDT
The cartoon strips are funny, Namewes, you're an idiot, and obviously didn't understand Steve's work, and jake, he isn't being humiliated, its something to weaken the pain, I bet Steve would've loved it.
July 28, 2011   04:32 AM PDT
Steve Irwin bought a modern approach to documenting wildlife. Born in a country where he was surrounded by so many different animals and growing up with a genuine love and respect for these I'm sure that most would agree that he really made a difference. Profiteer? The animals he saved from death and cruelty profitted more than Steve ever did and Austrailia will profit from visitors and tourists to the country to come and see the legacy he left behind. God Bless Steve and love to the family x
August 6, 2011   06:17 PM PDT
I agree with with all most everyone on here, but Namewes that made me sick to see your comment!! Steve was a great man and to this day people like me will honor and respect his name and everything he stood for <3

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