An illustrator of science fiction and mystery publications, Cartier became well known for the hundreds of illustrations he did for The Shadow in the 1930's and 1940's. Written by Walter B. Gibson, The Shadow novels appeared in pulp magazines and detailed the exploits of a mysterious black-attired crime fighter. Cartier began doing illustrations for the novels in 1936. Not long after that, he turned down an offer to be an assistant to Norman Rockwell, according to Anthony Tollin, editor of The Shadow and Doc Savage reprint trade paperbacks. He drew more than 800 illustrations for The Shadow as well as hundreds of illustrations for numerous other science fiction magazines. He also was the premier artist for the Fantasy Press and Gnome Press book publishing houses in the 1950's.
Cartier died on December 25, 2008 at his home in Ramsey, New Jersey at the age of 94.
Obituary, Star Democrat, Easton, Maryland, January 5, 2009.