Fred Ralley (Rali) Cartoonist
||Fred Ralley (Rali) was born in the industrial town of
West Bromwich in the heart of England. After leaving school at 14 he
embarked on a series of manual jobs, but always wanted to better himself.
He trained as a pattern maker in the factories of the Black country and
settled down to start a family with his wife June.
It was a correspondence art course that turned Fred towards cartooning.
His first piece of artwork earned the comment "You do not show
much promise as an artist, why not try cartooning." He did! In 1956
he sold his first cartoon and this led to a career spanning 40 years.
He rose early in the morning to draw before going to
work in the factory, then spent his evenings bent over his favorite
In 1972 Fred left his factory work and took up cartooning full time. The
next 24 years saw Fred go from strength to strength and earned him the reputation
of one of the best 'gag' men around. Indeed several other cartoonists used
Fred as a source of material.
He had many regular features in the UK and abroad, his most famous being
'Our Kid' which ran in the Birmingham Evening Mail 6 days a week, for 24
In 1996 Fred succumbed to Emphysema, a lung disease
associated with long years working in a smokey environment, but he
continued to draw up until the last few days of his life drawing on his
own experiences to provide the punch lines.
This was the hallmark of Fred's work. It drew inspiration from his own
life and lives of those around him and turned his observations into
simple, funny gags.
He was a prolific cartoonist often producing in excess of 50 cartoons each
week, sometimes more!
All of his many thousands of original cartoons have come to me , his son
who stood and watched him draw for countless hours over the years.
Burton on Trent
Peter has kindly sent us more cartoons and we will update the home page
cartoon every week.