News & Observer reports longtime editorial cartoonist Dwane Powell has died. Powell had been with the paper since 1975, and since the N&O is my hometown newspaper you can pretty much say that I grew up with his unique view of North Carolina politics.

Given his left-leaning political views, it’s not hard to imagine that Sen. Jesse Helms was one of Powell’s favorite subjects. As the N&O reports, Helms once said he “had a wall of beloved Dwane Powell cartoons in his Senate office, and every day when he looked at them, “it reminds me not to take myself too seriously.'”