Daryl Cagle is an illustrator who worked for Henson Associates for fifteen years, illustrating hundreds of Muppet and Sesame Street products between 1979 and 1993. His distinctive loose, cartoony style defined the Muppet brand in the 1980s, decorating hats, shirts, glasses, sneakers, puzzles, watches, school supplies, cereal boxes, toy packaging and point-of-purchase displays, as well as comic stories in Sesame Street Magazine and Muppet Magazine.
Cagle also worked with many other companies as a character designer, including Hanna-Barbera, the Smurfs and the Walt Disney Company, and worked with Henson on the character designs for Muppet Babies. He's also been a toy designer and an animator.
In 1995, Cagle joined the Chicago Tribune Media Group as an editorial cartoonist, beginning a long and successful career in political cartooning. He currently provides cartoons for MSNBC.com, and he runs Cagle Cartoons, syndicating cartoons and columns to newspapers around the US.
His work with Muppet and Sesame characters includes:
- Sesame Street Magazine (1983)
- Muppet Magazine parody comics
- Allison Manufacturing: Muppet clothes
- Anchor Hocking: Sesame Street Glasses line (1980s)
- Crayola: Crayola Color 'n Play, Muppet Colorubs (1982)
- DEKA and Eagle Affiliates: Muppet tableware
- Frito-Lay: The Muppets Take Manhattan hats, shirts and melamine glasses
- Hal Leonard: Rowlf's Very Own First Piano Book (1987)
- Hasbro: Classic Kermit doll packaging, Baby Kermit and Piggy jack in the boxes, Miss Piggy Talking Phone (1983)
- Keds: Muppet shoe line with POP displays
- McDonald's: The Great Muppet Caper glasses (1981)
- Milton Bradley: The Great Muppet Caper Card Game
- Oral B: Muppet toothbrushes and packaging
- Stampos: Fraggle Rock rubber stamps (1985)
- Timex: Muppet watches and clocks, plus Point-Of-Purchase displays (1980)