Cross was the first of a long line of world-class Australian single-panel cartoonists.
At Smith's Weekly in 1929, he created perhaps Australia's best-known cartoon, affectionately known by its caption "For gorsake, stop laughing – this is serious".
His art portrayed typical Australians, from farmers to jackaroos, doctors and diggers. For The Herald in Melbourne, he created the adventures of Wally and the Major in a comic strip syndicated for decades in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and celebrated in 18 annual books from 1943 to 1960.
His name is perpetuated in the annual Black and White Artists' Club Stanley Awards.
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