Friday, May 19, 2017

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1946 – 1963

Here is Dick Buchanan, sharing some of his great golden age gag cartoon collection once more. Thanks and take it away!


Whatever you call them, No Caption, Wordless or Pantomime, these cartoons are examples of the gag cartoon at its best--a humorous drawing executed with wit and verve.

Here, from the tattered Dick Buchanan Gag Cartoon Clip File is a batch of wordless visual gag cartoons by the masters of their craft.

These are cartoons to make you think, cartoons to make you laugh or, at least, to make you think you’re laughing.

1. TON SMITS. Look Magazine. May 7, 1963

2. MORT DRUCKER. Rare Mort Drucker gag cartoon—a year before he joined the gang at Mad. One of Mad’s leading cartoonists, Drucker is America’s premier caricaturist with many, many Time Magazine covers to his credit. Collier’s. June 24, 1955

 3. ANATOL KOVARSKY. Noted New Yorker cartoonist & cover artist. Collier’s August 3, 1956

4. GARDNER REA. Look Magazine. July 22, 1958

5. JOHN DEMPSEY. 1000 Jokes Magazine. March-May, 1960

6. JOHN ALBANO. American Magazine. July 1951

7. GAHAN WILSON. For Laughing Out Loud. October-December, 1963

8. ERNIE GARZA. True Magazine. April, 1946

9. AL ROSS. For Laughing Out Loud. October-December, 1960

10. HOWARD SPARBER. Sparber created the comic strip Timmy, which began as a panel in Collier’s in the 1940’s. Liberty Magazine. June 8, 1946

11. CLYDE LAMB. 1000 Jokes Magazine. September-November, 1961

12. CEM. Charles E. Martin. Here is another of his many multiple panel gems. Collier’s. May 31,1947

13. MORT WALKER. Walker also edited this popular Dell title. 1000 Jokes Magazine. Winter, 1952

14. GRAHAM JACKSON. American Legion Magazine. October, 1950

15. J.B. “Bud” HANDELSMAN. Look Magazine. September 26, 1961 

More of Dick Buchanan's great gag cartoon collection:

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968
Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

Thursday, May 18, 2017

V.Gene Myers on Harvey Kurtzman

This happened almost by accident. You'll remember, I blogged about Esquire magazine's cartoons. I had posted about Bob Mankoff coming onboard at Esquire Magazine. And I then put a sampler of old gag cartoons from Esquire up on the blog. This all reminded my friend, gag cartoonist V. Gene Myers, about his experiences with then-Esquire magazine cartoon editor Harvey Kurtzman.

V. Gene recalled that during the 1970s, he had sold some cartoons to Esquire in the 1970s, when Harvey Kurtzman was its cartoon editor. I never knew that Kurtzman was the cartoon editor! Mr. Myers very kindly volunteered some edits that Kurtzman had made on his (Myers') drawing. If you know Kurtzman, you know that he would place a piece of tracing paper over an original with comments and drawings directed to the artist as to how to change it to make it better. Kurtzman was, truly, a hands-on editor. And Mr. Myers kept the edits!

My sincere thanks for sharing this and I am glad it all happened. Here is V. Gene Myers:

"Here is a 'rough' gag I sold to Esquire in the 70's when Harvey Kurtzman was cartoon editor. The notes were on an overlay of tracing paper for me to change for the finished drawing.
"The one page reads:
"'Needs a tight rendering, particular emphasis on dead man's hand and spoon-spilled soup on the counter top. If Myers comes in, I'd like to meet/talk with him. HK.'
"I did meet with him and it was great! Nice guy, funny guy, and always nice to me whenever I would see him. Wrote great notes on each gag. I have another where he wrote, 'Wowee! Kazowee! Funny gag!'"

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

"Yankee Yiddish" Cocktail Napkin Cartoons by Lawrence Lariar

If you know your gag cartoons, then you know who Lawrence Lariar (1908-1981) is. He's the guy who put together the BEST CARTOONS OF THE YEAR books from 1942 to 1971. He was also a writer of mystery novels (under the pen names Michael Stark, Adam Knight and Marston la France), as well as the title "famous cartoonist" of Bill Griffiths' graphic memoir INVISIBLE INK: MY MOTHER'S SECRET LOVE AFFAIR WITH A FAMOUS CARTOONIST. 

Here are a bunch of his cocktail napkins. The full box, in fact. These are copyright 1955 by Mr. Lariar. I know this because each individual napkin has that printed on its backside. It was produced by Monogram, 2500 18th Street, San Francisco 10, Calif.

These are all just oddball, dusty ethnic punning kinda jokes. But I guess in 1955 it was good stuff. And you certainly have to know some Yiddish expressions to "get" the humor.

The ironic thing is that even though Lariar edited so many top-selling gag cartoon anthology books, one rarely sees his cartoons. I mean, if you have the covers to some of his BEST CARTOONS books, then you can see some his art there, and sometimes it's in his intros to the books. But he does not put many drawings of his own into the cartoon books he edits. This is the first time I have seen so many in one place.

There are 35 designs here. One of them is a repeat and I left it off. Even in 1955, you couldn't trust advertising!

A few related links to Lawrence Lariar-edited cartoon collection books:




Sketches from CARTOONING FOR EVERYBODY by Lawrence Lariar