Cartoons

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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Report to Legal Management, March 1993


report0393.jpg Okay, so here's my beef with some (certainly not all) publications: they change my captions, without asking permission! My caption for this cartoon was "I'm a management guru -- the regular guru is two mountains over." I wish I knew which editor decided to change "a management" to "the quality" -- I would have loved to tell him or her that the change ruined a perfectly acceptable gag.

I'm happy to report that most publications wouldn't dream of changing the wording of a caption without asking permission. I've even been contacted by phone by editors who wanted to make a change, but wouldn't do it without asking first.






More "How Not to Get an Okay" cartoons by Stan Fine


It's been a while since I posted material from "Look" cartoon editor Gurney Williams' newsletter. Here are some more of Stan Fine's wonderful panels on "How Not to Get an Okay". These date from the late 1950's. Note that Stan Fine sometimes re-used his drawings and just changed the captions (can't say I blame him -- he wasn't getting paid for these).

For background info on this series of cartoons and on Gurney Williams' "Memos" newsletter, you can go to my previous postings in "Eli's Corner" here, here, here and even here.

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"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No.10


Case in point No 10 in this ongoing feature is the late Johnny Hart (1931-2007). Everyone knows by now that, before he created his popular "B.C." comic strip in 1958, Johnny Hart produced gag cartoons for most of the big national cartoon-using publications, such as The Saturday Evening Post and Collier's.

The first early cartoon of his that I've posted below is from True magazine. It's in the hardcover anthology "The True Album of Cartoons", published in 1960, so it's safe to say that it appeared in True sometime in the 1950's. The other three early cartoons are from "Cartoon Annual No. 2", a paperback, pocket-sized anthology published in 1955 by Ace Books, Inc.

I can't see any visible connection to Hart's "B.C." drawing style in any of these cartoons. Yes, "we all have to start somewhere".

I'm also including a photo of Johnny Hart, lifted from "The Cartoonist Cookbook", published in 1966. hart1.jpghart3.jpghart2.jpghart4.jpghartphoto.jpgJohnny Hart






"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No.9


Case in point No. 9 in this continuing series is cartoonist Don Tobin. Born in 1916, Tobin worked for a time as a Walt Disney animator. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he tried his hand at gag cartooning and his work soon started appearing in "Collier's", "Saturday Evening Post", "Look", "Ladies' Home Journal" and similar popular publications. In the 1950's, he created "The Little Woman", which became a long-running King Features syndicated gag panel.

The first early Tobin cartoon I've posted below appeared in "Collier's", probably in the mid-1940's. I found it in a collection called "Cartoon Round-Up", published in 1946. I don't think that anyone could possibly attribute this cartoon to Don Tobin, if it were not for his name printed below it. Yes, "we all have to start somewhere".

The second cartoon is from "Ladies' Home Journal" and it was included in a hardcover anthology "Cartoon Treasury", published in 1955.

The last two cartoons are from "True" magazine. I found them in "Cartoon Laffs", a paperback collection of "True" cartoons which I've mentioned before. The collection was published in 1952 and it's safe to say that these two cartoons date from the late 1940's or very early 1950's.

I'm also including a 1960's photo of Don Tobin, lifted from "The Cartoonist Cookbook", published in 1966. Also, from the same book, is a typical Tobin drawing of "The Little Woman". tobin1.jpgtobin2.jpgtobin3.jpgtobin4.jpgtobinphoto.jpgDon Tobin tobinlitwoman.jpg






"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No. 8


Case in point No. 8 in this ongoing feature is famed cartoonist J. B. Handelsman, who died last year. Born Bernard Handelsman in New York in 1922, he later gave himself the first name of John, but was known mostly as "Bud".

From 1961 until his death in 2007, J. B. Handelsman contributed almost 1,000 cartoons to The New Yorker, plus five covers. He also was published extensively in Punch, the British humor magazine, and had a weekly cartoon feature there, "Freaky Fables", for over ten years. His work also appeared in most of our major cartoon-using publications, including Playboy and Look.

The two early Handelsman cartoons that I'm posting below are both from Look. They can be found in the hardcover anthology "Looking Over Your Shoulder", published in 1965 and edited by the legendary cartoon editor, Gurney Williams. I don't know the exact years that the cartoons appeared in Look, so I'll just attribute them to the early 1960's. Actually, Handelsman's drawing style in those years didn't vary that much from his later years, but I thought these two would be of interest. Yes, "we all have to start somewhere".

A few years ago, when I was showing cartoons weekly to editor Bob Mankoff at The New Yorker, I sometimes joined a few of the other cartoonists for lunch afterwards. Handelsman was a regular in the lunch group. He and I spoke at one point about his life in England (he moved there with his family in 1963 and returned to live in the U.S. in 1982). I also remember asking him if he was related to editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman. His reponse was along the lines of "people are always asking me that -- if so, it's a very distant relationship". handelsman1.jpghandelsman2.jpg






"We All Have To Start Somewhere" Department. Case in Point No.7


Case in point No. 7 in this ongoing feature is cartoonist Leo Garel, who was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1917 and passed away in 1999. He was a major cartoon contributor to The Wall Street Journal for decades -- in fact, for a while there when I would pick up the Journal, I would think to myself, "I wonder which Garel cartoon will be published today?" Of course he also appeared regularly in all of the other major and minor cartoon-using publications. Some of his bios describe him as a "New Yorker" cartoonist, but I don't think that was the case -- in any event, I couldn't find any citation for him in The Cartoon Bank.

The first early cartoon of Garel's that I've posted below is from "Esquire" magazine. I found it in the anthology "Esquire Cartoon Album", which was published in 1957. I would date the cartoon from the late 1930's or early 1940's. In no way is it identifiable as a Garel, if it wasn't for his signature at the bottom. To me, it looks more like a Syd Hoff drawing -- the gag also reminds me of something that Hoff would have done. The other two cartoons posted are more like what Leo Garel was doing in his prime. Remember, "we all have to start somewhere".

The second cartoon appeared in "Liberty" magazine in the early 1940's. It's from the anthology "Liberty Laughs Out Loud", published in 1946 and edited by Liberty's then cartoon editor, Lawrence Lariar.

The third cartoon appeared in "Sports Illustrated" magazine, probably in the early 1950's. I found it in the paperback anthology "Choice Cartoons from Sports Illustrated", published in 1957. The anthology's editor was Charles Preston -- the same Charles Preston who to this day still edits the cartoons for The Wall Street Journal. garel1.jpg Caption: "For the others 'hors d'oeuvres,' but for you I got under the napkin, a hot pastrami sandwich." garel2.jpggarel3.jpg






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