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More "Rat Race" Panels by Tippit, and One by Bob Barnes about Wednesday "Look Day"


Here are some more Jack Tippit panels, from the late 1950's, about the cartoon rat race. These originally appeared in a monthly newsletter put out by Look Magazine Cartoon Editor Gurney Williams, and distributed only to the local cartoonists who visited his office on Wednesday, the official "Look Day".

I have posted frequently about all of this in Eli's Corner, and the most recent posting is right here. My very first posting on Gurney Williams and his newsletter, for those of you who like to start at the beginning, is here. tippit 9.jpgtippit 13.jpgtippit 5.jpgtippit 12.jpgtippit 3.jpg Speaking of "Look Day" Here's another take on it by cartoonist Bob Barnes: bbarneslookday.jpg This panel appeared in a 1950's Saturday Evening Post article -- the same article which featured a photo of all the cartoonists, in suits and ties, in the Post waiting room (these days, at the New Yorker showdown on Tuesdays, it's strictly casual dress, including Bob Mankoff, the Cartoon Editor).

You can see that Saturday Evening Post photo, and my story about it, right here.






The Chronicle of Higher Education, August 11, 1992







More Jack Tippit "The Rat Race" Cartoons


Yes, it's time to get back to the gold mine of Gurney Williams' "Memos". In the 1950's, when he was Cartoon Editor of Look Magazine, Mr. Williams put together a monthly newsletter for visiting cartoonists who marched in on "Look Day" (Wednesday of each week). I've posted lots of insider cartoons from Memos in the past, and you can find the most recent posting right here.

Below are some more of Jack Tippit's graphic comments on the cartooning rat race, as seen in "Memos".

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"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No.11


It's time I got back to this ongoing feature. Here are some early cartoons by Rowland B. Wilson, who died in 2005 at the age of 74. He was actively cartooning to the end, and the story goes that there were sketches for a new "Playboy" cartoon on his drawing table when he passed away. Besides all those colorful full-page drawings he did for Playboy, Mr. Wilson's cartoons appeared in The New Yorker, The Saturday Evening Post, Collier's, Esquire and similar publications.

But . . . we all have to start somewhere. The cartoons I'm posting below are from "1000 Jokes" magazine and they date from the 1950's. 1000 Jokes was a low-paying publication issued quarterly by Dell and edited by cartoonists Bill Yates and John Norment (both deceased). After making the rounds of New York City cartoon editors on Wednesday "Look Day", many cartoonists submitted their rejections to 1000 Jokes. It was sort of a "last resort" market, but it had the advantage of being edited by fellow cartoonists. I'm not intending to disparage 1000 Jokes here -- it contained loads of great cartoons -- but it was low-paying, and that's just the way it worked out. I don't think many gag cartoonists had 1000 Jokes in mind as their market of choice when they were creating cartoons.

1000 Jokes regularly ran a feature called "Varsity Varieties", which reprinted cartoons from college humor publications. Two of the Rowland Wilson cartoons posted below appeared in that feature, credited as reprinted from "Texas Ranger". Wilson earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Texas in Austin.

I think you'll agree that there is a stark evolution in style from Wilson's early cartoons as compared to the wry, colorful work he did in his prime.

1000 Jokes, Spring 1953

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1000 Jokes, Summer 1953

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"You should have seen him doing the pole vault."

1000 Jokes, Summer 1953

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1000 Jokes, Summer 1953

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1000 Jokes, September 1957 (Texas Ranger)

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1000 Jokes, December 1958 (Texas Ranger)

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I don't have a photo of Rowland Bragg Wilson to show you, so I'm finishing up my report with a typical "Playboy" cartoon of his, from the May 1971 issue.rwilsonplayboy.jpg

"Could you put the rest in a bowser bag?"

A couple of years ago, cartoonist Roy Delgado posted an old photo of Rowland Wilson on his blog. It was from the 1980's and you can see it here.






"Soldiers Of The Day" -- 1954


This is going to be another reminiscence of my two years in the U.S Army.

Here's how it relates to cartooning: As I've written here previously, I first met pop-artist Tom Wesselmann in the army, and we hung out in the same M.I. outfit for about a year and a half (that's right, it was a Military Intelligence outfit . . . really!). Tom died in 2004 and, like me, he never achieved his ambition of cartooning for The New Yorker magazine. His pop-art work, however, now commands prices of $10,000,000 or so at the major auction houses. For my previous memories of Tom, and his cartoons, you can go to these links:

Tom Wesselmann painting reproduced in The New Yorker

"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No. 6

Living Cartoon -- 1954

Me and Tom

To get back to my story, the army, in typical gung-ho fashion, was constantly giving out awards, citations and plaques for "Soldier Of The Day" (or "Week", or "Month"), with great pomp and ceremony. Neither Tom nor I were ever in any way eligible for consideration for such honors, but that didn't stop us from holding our own awards ceremony. First, Tom constructed a very tacky, phony "trophy". Then we found a lectern (a surprisingly easy thing to find on an army base) and, with like-minded buddies in attendance, we proceeded to make our own awards and speeches.

In this photo, Tom, on the left, is awarding the trophy to me for something like "Sloppy Soldier Of The Day", or maybe it was "Screwed-up Soldier Of The Day". Note the upturned caps, stuffed pockets, raised pocket flaps, rolled-up sleeves, hand in pocket, etc.

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In the next photo, that's me on the right, bestowing the trophy to Tom for some equally ridiculous honor.

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And in this photo, I'm second from the left and Tom is on the extreme right. The four of us are all trying to look as unsoldierly as possible, and those are mostly unlit cigarettes dangling from our lips.

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I came across one more photo of myself, not taken on "trophy" day, and it made me realize that I honestly did deserve the "sloppy soldier" honor. How would you like to have your country defended by this man?

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And that is how some draftees passed their days in the peacetime army (the Korean War was officially over by this time).






Tom Wesselmann painting reproduced in The New Yorker


On page 67 of the January 5, 2009 issue of The New Yorker is a half-page reproduction of this painting by pop-artist Tom Wesselmann.

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"Bedroom Painting No.6" (1968)

I have written before about my old friend Tom, who passed away in 2004. His life-long dream was to draw cartoons for The New Yorker, and he worked very hard at it. I also mentioned that, although Tom's cartooning dream never materialized, over the years The New Yorker occasionally reproduced his art as illustrations for articles. This is just another example.

For my previous musings about Tom Wesselmann vis-a-vis The New Yorker, and to see early photos of him and some of his cartoons, you can go to these three links:

Me and Tom

Living Cartoon -- 1954

"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No. 6






In The Twilight Zone


I was watching snippets of "The Twilight Zone" marathon (a New Year's Day tradition on the Sci-Fi channel) and realized that I actually have a connection to TTZ -- far afield, I admit, but a connection just the same.

A few years after Rod Serling's death, his wife Carol helped subsidize the publication of "The Twilight Zone Magazine", a monthly which started in April 1981 and continued until it folded in early 1989. It was primarily an outlet for fantasy and horror articles and fiction, but -- surprise, surprise -- it also ran gag cartoons.

I had this cartoon in the April 1988 issue:

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The issue contained just six cartoons, including one each by New Yorker cartoonists Leo Cullum and Tom Cheney. I almost included Cullum's cartoon in my "We All Have To Start Somewhere" feature, because his drawing style has evolved so much since 1988. The Cheney, on the other hand, is instantly recognizable.

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Also in this issue was a brief article on movie-going by New Yorker cartoonist Gahan Wilson, accompanied by this spot illustration by him.

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Two Old Original Cartoon "Roughs"


Digging into my extensive files once again, I find that I have two old original 8 1/2" x 11" cartoon "roughs" by fellow cartoonists. One is by CEM (Charles E. Martin), who died in 1995. CEM's cartoons and covers appeared extensively in The New Yorker over the years. The other is by Vahan Shirvanian, still very much an active gag cartoonist, whose cartoons have also appeared in The New Yorker.

Both cartoon roughs were OK'd by Argosy magazine. Argosy was a prolific cartoon-user in the post World War II years, and published its last issue in 1978. With offices in Manhattan, Argosy was a regular stop for cartoonists on Wednesday "Look Days". cemoriginal.jpg The CEM rough is in ink. The Argosy notations on it are: "OK Argosy -- line & benday -- color overlay". Also, "Extend it .." (no further instructions as to what length to extend it). Below that, "ARGX1304". Martin's name and address are also written in the upper right-hand corner. shirvanianorig.jpg

The Shirvanian rough is in pencil. The Argosy notation on it is "OK Argosy line & benday -- 2nd color". Shirvanian's name and address are rubber-stamped on the back.

I have no idea what year or even what decade these two roughs date from. My guess would be anywhere between 1950 and 1970. Does anybody out there have any additional information on either of these?

Thought you'd be interested in seeing these little bits of gag cartooning history.






Self-portraits of 52 cartoonists (from 1985)


In 1985, the Cartoonists Association sponsored an exhibition of original cartoon art at the Master Eagle Gallery in Manhattan. For a poster announcing the show, the participating cartoonists drew self-portraits.

I thought you'd like to see them. There are lots of "big" names here and many are still actively cartooning, especially with The New Yorker. And, sadly, there are quite a few who are no longer cartooning or who have passed away.

Here they are. I've typed in the names of the cartoonists below each set of self-portraits, in case you can't decipher them. For some unfathomable reason P.C. Vey appears twice, with different drawings. There are two self-portraits that I can't identify. They are either Felipe Galindo, Jared Lee or Skip Morrow. If anyone can help me out here, I'd appreciate it.

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Al Ross, Lou Myers, Catherine O'Neill, Lawrence Trepel, John Jonik, Tom Cheney

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Joe Farris, Henry Martin, Bob Mankoff, David Pascal, Ed Franscino, Boris Drucker

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Sam Gross, Artemas Cole, Liza Donnelly, Peter Steiner, Mort Gerberg, David Sipress, P.C. Vey, Richard Orlin, Dana Fradon

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Eli Bauer, Bill Hoest, ???? ?????? (it's Skip Morrow -- see comments), Charles Sauers, Tim Haggerty, David Jacobson, Mike Twohy, Bill Lee, Roz Chast

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Leo Cullum, Aaron Bacall, ???? ????? (It's Felipe Galindo -- see his comment), Sidney Harris, Bud Grace

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Jack Ziegler, Ed Arno, Michael Crawford, John Norment, Warren Miller, Barney Tobey

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Mick Stevens, Howard Margulies, Lee Lorenz, Richard Cline, Bernard Schoenbaum, Arnie Levin

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Stuart Leeds, P.C.Vey (again), Lo Linkert, W.B. Park, M.G. Lord






Last six "How Not to Get an Okay' cartoons by Stan Fine


In the late 1950's, Stan Fine did these "How Not to Get an Okay" cartoons for Look magazine cartoon editor Gurney Williams. Williams included them in a monthly newsletter he put out for cartoonists who dropped by his office on Wednesday "Look Day". I have written about this extensively, and my most recent posting was just a few weeks ago -- you'll find it right here.

I have 26 issues of the newsletter, dating from April 1957 through August 1959, with a few months obviously missing. So this collection is by no means complete. Does anyone else out there have copies of Gurney Williams' "Memos" ? Just wondering.

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