Jürg Spahr - Jürg Spahr

Jürg Spahr (stage name Jüsp ; born February 1, 1925 in Catania ; † March 14, 2002 in Basel ) was a Swiss cartoonist and cabaret artist .


Grave on the Wolfgottesacker in Basel.
Grave on the Wolfgottesacker

Jürg Spahr was born into a Swiss merchant family in Sicily and grew up in eastern Switzerland from 1939. [1] From 1945 to 1948 he studied law.

Spar published his first cartoons in 1943 and worked as a freelance caricaturist and graphic artist from 1948. From 1948 to 1951 he appeared in the Kikeriki cabaret in Basel and in 1951 in the Kom (m) ödchen in Düsseldorf . He liked to work on sporting topics in his drawings. He "was a distinguished cartoonist, well-known far beyond Swiss borders and award-winning". [2]

In 1988 Spahr was honored with the Ehrespalebärglemer . His well-known works included the drawings for the Nebelspalter , the National-Zeitung , the bridge builder and the week . In total, he made around 10,000 drawings. Spahr played a decisive role in setting up the Caricature & Cartoon Museum Basel and was its first curator from 1978 to 1995. [1]

Jürg Spahr found his final resting place on the Wolfgottesacker in Basel.


  • Do you think that's funny? Book publisher of the Basler Zeitung, Basel 1996.
  • Lulu & Co. book publisher of the Basler Zeitung, Basel 1996.
  • Sport, sport. Book publisher of the Basler Zeitung, Basel 1989.
  • Jüsport. 1989.
  • Collection of caricatures & cartoons Basel. Christoph Merian Foundation, Merian, Basel 1985.
  • Sport in the picture. Verlag Tip, Basel 1967.
  • Basel for beginners. with Hanns U. Christen. Diogenes Verlag, Zurich 1960.


  • Kurt Fleming: Caricaturist Lexicon , 1993.


Individual evidence

  1. a b Cartoonist Jürg Spahr alias «Jüsp» has died. Article on news.ch from March 19, 2002.
  2. ^ Claudia Bieler: Spahr, Jürg. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland .