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. Caption: “For the others ‘hors d’oeuvres,’ but for you I got under the napkin, a hot pastrami sandwich.”