Veteran cartoonist T. Samuel, a pioneer of pocket cartoons in the country, died here on Friday. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.

Burial will take place at the Nicholson Cemetery near Kashmere Gate metro railway station on Saturday.

Samuel, who hailed from Kollam in Kerala, started his career as a cartoonist with Civil and Military Gazette published from Lahore before Independence. During Partition, he came to Delhi as a refugee and joined the famous Shankar’s Weekly , contributing the silent strip cartoon “Kalu and Meena” and a few other social cartoons. He joined the Delhi edition of Times of India four years later as staff cartoonist and became famous as the creator of pocket cartoon “Babuji”, said the Cartoon Academy in a release.

Later, he joined Indian Express , where he continued his popular cartoon feature “Babuji” and the strip cartoon “Garib” in addition to the regular political round up. He re-joined the Times of India and Nav Bharat Times , where he worked till his retirement in 1985, the academy added.

Samuel, who drew cartoons under the nom- de-plume ‘SAMUEL’, was born on May 8, 1925, in Kollam, Mayannad. — PTI