Born in Greensboro, Marlette began drawing political cartoons for The Charlotte Observer in 1972.
He won the Pulitzer in 1988 for his editorial cartooning in both Charlotte and at the Atlanta Constitution, which he had joined the year before.
He said at the time that his biting approach could be traced in part to “a grandmother bayoneted by a guardsman during a mill strike in the Carolinas. There are some rebellious genes floating around in me.”
He also had worked at New York Newsday and the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat.
“Cartoons are windows into the human condition,” he said when he joined the Tulsa World last year. “It’s about life.”
Marlette was one of my favorite editorial cartoonists and I shall miss his work very much. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.