June 2007

More "How Not to Get an Okay"

Here are some more of Stan Fine's "How Not to Get an Okay" panels. These ran in the newsletter put out by LOOK magazine Cartoon Editor Gurney Williams in the late 1950's (see my earlier posting in "Eli's Corner" -- "Memos from Gurney Williams"). How Not To 15.JPG In the above panel, I figure the initials "P.I." on the briefcase have GOT to stand for "Phil Interlandi" How Not To 9.JPGHow Not To 14.JPGHow Not To 10.JPG

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 14, 1995


CAPTION: "You're out of order, Hargill. Only full professors can correct me if I'm wrong when I say, 'Correct me if I'm wrong'!"

Memos From Gurney Williams

More material from my old files:

As everyone knows by now, in the Golden Age of magazine gag cartooning, Wednesday was "Look Day", when local cartoonists made the rounds in Manhattan, showing their roughs in person to Cartoon Editors. One important stop was the office of Gurney Williams, the long-time Cartoon Editor of "Look" magazine, a major market. As such, Mr. Williams was venerated and had achieved a certain amount of fame in his own right. But unquestionably one of the nicest things he ever did was to "publish" a monthly broadsheet (size 7 inches by 20 inches, printed on heavy paper stock) for cartoonists to pick up when they dropped in to see him on Wednesdays. It was entitled "Memos from Gurney Williams", had a notation of "250 Not Paid Circulation" (the number was later reduced to 200 for some reason), and it was chock full of cartoon news, stories, gossip and photos. It even had a few running cartoon panels about the funny business of magazine gag cartooning. One panel was "How Not to Get an Okay" by Stan Fine, and another was "The Rat Race" by Jack Tippit.

I don't know for how many years Gurney Williams provided this invaluable newsletter, but I have 26 copies, dating from April 1957 to August 1959, which I picked up at his office.

In the future I will be posting a lot of material from this gold mine of "Look Day" memorabilia. For starters, here are a few of Stan Fine's "How Not to Get an Okay" -- they're still funny, and appropriate, after all these years. How Not To 6.JPGHow Not To 17.JPGHow Not To 31.JPGHow Not To 20.JPG