Friday, December 09, 2016

The National Cartoonists Society's "THE CARTOONIST!" Newsletter Fall 1953


In its entirety: here is THE CARTOONIST!, the in-house publication of the National Cartoonists Society, Annual Photo Issue Fall 1953.


The Cartoonist: a quarterly published by the National Cartoonists Society, 140 West 57th Street, New York 19, N. Y.

If you Google Map this address, you get:

.. a bus zooming in front to the frikkin' Google camera!

Oh well, back to the mag:


Mort Walker edited THE CARTOONIST, with Bill Yates as Assistant Editor.


The 1953 NCS Board:

BOARD OF GOVERNORS: Rube Goldberg, Honorary President; Otto Soglow, President; Bob Dunn, First Vice President; Willard Mullin, Second Vice President; John Pierotti, Treasurer; McGowan Miller, Secretary; Carl Rose, General Membership Representative; EXECUTIVE COUNCIL: Martin Banner, Ernie Bushmiller, E. Simms Campbell, Milton Caniff, Past Pres., Fred Cooper, Walt Disney, Albert Dorne, Ham Fisher, Hal Foster, Harold Gray, Jimmy Hatlo, Harry Hershfeld, Bill Holman, Walt Kelly, Frank King, Bill Mauldin, George MacManus, Willard Mullin, Russell Patterson, Past Pres., Alex Raymond, Past Pres., Mischa Richter, C.D. Russell, Frank Willard, George Wunder, Chic Young.


Fred Waring was a great fan and friend of cartoonists.

Above: Fred Waring reads the Sunday funnies in a photo nicked from the Penn State Fred Waring's America site.
He had a huge place in Pennsylvania and he would send a bus to Times Square for all the NCSers to get aboard and hang out at his place. Mel Casson helped start the annual visit to Waring's Shawnee Golf Resort. More here, at the Penn State Fred Waring's America site.

Back to the magazine:



Evert cartoonist should wear a hat and smoke a pipe ala Ed Dodd and Walt Kelly!




-- Edited from a March 26, 2009 blog entry.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Happy Birthday, James Thurber



From THE YEARS WITH ROSS by James Thurber (1894-1961):

"It was [E.B.] White who got the mad impetuous idea that my scrawls should be published, and, what is more, paid for with money. I didn't think he could make it. It is true that, a dozen years earlier, I had filled up a lot of space with dogs and an improbable species of human being in the Ohio State Sun-Dial, but I was its editor-in-chief then (one of my predecessors was Gardner Rea, a New Yorker artist since its first issue), and nothing could be done to stop me. Some of the Sun-Dial drawings were about the same as those I had done when I was seven and the ones I did for the New Yorker, but others were elaborate arrangements of solid black and cross-hatching. When White caught me trying the same style again one day, he spoke a sound word of warning that has gained a small deserved fame: 'Don't do that. If you ever got good, you'd be mediocre.'"


Copyright 2001 by Rosemary Thurber.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

My Studio 2016

Well, one corner of it.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Dick Buchanan: Color Magazine Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1961

Here is friend-of-the-blog Dick Buchanan, straight from his Greenwich Village archives of great gag cartoons. My thanks for finding, scanning and sharing these! Here's Dick:

Here's a neat bunch of gag cartoons in color dating from 1945 to 1961. Some great work by a few of the better gag cartoonists of the era.

MARTHA BLANCHARD. A weak gag but a neat piece of cartooning by Ms Blanchard. The Saturday Evening Post,1950’s




GEORGE CRENSHAW. Crenshaw’s Disney animator past is obvious here. Collier’s. December 23, 1950




GLEN BERNHARDT. Collier’s, February 7, 1953

ROY L. FOX. The Saturday Evening Post, 1960’s



DAVID HUFFINE. American Magazine, April,1955


HANK KETCHAM. Ketcham always delivers. Collier’s, June 17, 1948


JERRY MARCUS. Collier’s. May 13, 1950



KATE OSANN. May 13, 1950




LARRY REYNOLDS. Collier’s December 14, 1946


IRVING ROIR. Roir was the Roth brother whose signature was seldom legible. A fine cartoonist. Esquire. August,1945



BARBARA SHERMUND. In the late 1940’s and early’50’s Ms Shermund’s iconic cartoons were a mainstay of The Pictorial Revue, a weekly newspaper supplement. The Pictorial Revue. July 18, 1948



SALO ROTH. Salo Roth was another of the cartooning Roth brothers. Collier’s. December 10, 1949



FRITZ WILKINSON. Collier’s. December 14, 1946



JOE ZEIS. The Saturday Evening Post. June 17,1961

Monday, December 05, 2016

True Story: Overheard in a Thrift Shop

Drew this up for you guys today.

True story: I overheard this conversation between a daughter and her mother in a Windham, Maine second-hand shop this weekend.

The mom's deadpan responses were great. She could do standup. The daughter was unfazed.


Did she get the record player and records?

I have no idea! I left before I saw the outcome. Then, when I went home and Googled that Bambi album for reference in the last panel, I see it's going for $90 on eBay. So ...maybe the kid was on to something!

Friday, December 02, 2016

"Vermeer of the Borscht Belt" Support This Documentary About Illustrator Drew Friedman



If you know the Internet (and I know you do), then you know that the Kickstarter site is around and it's a great platform for crowsourcing support for worthy projects. Case in point: the proposed "Vermeer of the Borscht Belt" film of Drew Friedman. Please consider giving money to help seed this documentary about the life of this wonderful illustrator and, may I add, very nice fellow. This is a once in a lifetime chance to be able to see Drew working and hear him talk about why he draws what he draws.






Thursday, December 01, 2016

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

Hey, happy December 1st. And here is the first gift of the season: a batch of holiday-themed cartoons from my friend Dick Buchanan. He's found them and scanned them and now, here they are: seventeen little gag cartoon gems that may not have seen the light in decades. 

Thanks so much, Dick!


GEORGE BOOTH. In 1953 Booth did monthly spot illustrations for the American Legion Magazine’s “Parting Shots” humor page. American Legion Magazine, December,1953


PHIL INTERLANDI. Look Magazine, December 14, 1963


BEN ROTH. Ben was the elder of the four cartooning Roth brothers--Al Ross,
Irv Roir and Salo Roth. American Magazine, January, 1944


CHARLES PEARSON. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s.


DICK ERICSON. American Legion Magazine, December, 1952


ROBERT DAY. American Legion. December, 1953.


JAN & STAN BERENSTAIN. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s


VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine, December 1949


JEFF KEATE. American Magazine, January,1950.


ELDON DEDINI. Look Magazine, December 24, 1959


CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post, 1960’s


TOM HENDERSON. Then as Now Dept: Tom Henderson depicts the fate that befalls many a traveling relative during the holidays. American Legion Magazine, March,1953


BARNEY TOBEY. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s


FRITZ WILKINSON. The Saturday Evening Post,1950’s



TOM HUDSON. Did Hudson’s artificial snow seller spawn the waif hawking real snow by Charles Addams? (New Yorker, Jan 1, 1974) From Collier’s, December 21,1946


BARNEY TOBEY. Mr. Tobey again, confirming many suspicions. Look Magazine, December 24, 1959


JOSEPH MIRACHI. Look Magazine, December 31, 1963