Category: Eli’s Corner

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:


The issue contained just six cartoons, including one each by New Yorker cartoonists Leo Cullum and Tom Cheney. Cullum’s drawing style has evolved so much since 1988. The Cheney, on the other hand, is instantly recognizable.


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.

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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.



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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 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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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).

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

Case in point No. 6 in this ongoing feature is Pop Artist Tom Wesselmann. I’ve written about my old friend Tom previously in Eli’s Corner. Tom passed away in 2004 without achieving his not-too-secret ambition of cartooning full-time for The New Yorker. It’s interesting to think about how different Tom’s life might have been if he received that elusive OK on any of his countless New Yorker cartoon submissions. By the way, reproductions of his Pop Art paintings were featured in The New Yorker in later years, on more than one occasion. I remember one that was full-page.

A Wesselmann painting was recently purchased for over six million dollars at auction.

But I digress — back to Tom Wesselmann’s gag cartoons. I have dozens of examples of Tom’s early printed cartoons, some going back to his college days. His cartoons appeared sporadically in many of the regular cartoon-using magazines in the late 1950’s and the 1960’s, but of course never in The New Yorker. So here is just a sampling of a cartooning career that was nipped in the bud.

And remember, “we all have to start somewhere”, even world-famous Pop Artists. Note that Tom dropped the last “N” in his signature in his earlier cartoons.

I’ve also included a photo of Tom as featured on the cover of Art News magazine in January 1982.

From Profile, a University of Cincinnati student magazine, Christmas 1954 issue: wes1.jpg From Profile, Spring 1955 issue: wes2.jpg wes3.jpg From Profile, Summer 1955 issue: wes4.jpg Caption: “This will teach you that the free peoples of the world are not to be plundered by you pawns of totalitarianism!” From 1000 Jokes, March-May 1956: wes5.jpg From For Laughing Out Loud, May-July 1956: wes6.jpg From For Laughing Out Loud, July-September 1959: wes7.jpg From The Wall Street Journal, March 12, 1959: wes8.jpg From The Wall Street Journal, late 1950’s: wes9.jpg wesartnewscover.jpg

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“The Professional School of Cartooning” (1947)

By popular demand (from Mike Lynch), here are profiles of the five other instructors on the staff of "The Professional School of Cartooning". For further details, see my posting in "Eli's Corner" dated January 2, 2008, about the four cartooning Roth brothers. Lariar.jpg Boltinoff.jpg Nofziger.jpg wolfe.jpg schus.jpg I wish I could give you updates on all these cartoonists, but I have very little info to impart. All of them were prolific and popular gag cartoonists in 1947. Of course, Lawrence Lariar (apparently the founder and "Executive Director" of this correspondence school) was also a Cartoon Editor for several major publications, and also an anthologist of a great many cartoon book collections.

Wow, Adolph Schus was selling cartoons in 1926 — now, that makes me feel young!

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More memorabilia – the four cartooning Roth brothers

I came across an old promotional brochure for "The Professional School of Cartooning" (Lawrence Lariar, Executive Director), from 1947 or 1948. Four of the featured instructors were the Roth brothers, gag cartoonists who each achieved varied levels of success in the profession. Only one of them, Ben Roth, retained the family name in print. His brothers worked under the pen names of Irving Roir, Salo and Al Ross. You probably recognize the name of Al Ross as the famed "New Yorker" cartoonist. I believe he's still actively cartooning, even though I haven't seen his work in "The New Yorker" for a long time. Here are their photos and sample cartoons, from the brochure: Roth Bros- - Al.jpg Roth Bros-- Ben.jpg Roth Bros- - Salo.jpg Roth Bros- - Roir.jpg Why my interest in the Roth brothers? I thought you'd never ask. My wife and I first traveled to Israel in 1983, and in our small mini-bus group were Ellen and Herb Deutsch of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Our conversations eventually (and inevitably) got around to my gag cartooning, and Ellen reported excitedly that not only was her father a gag cartoonist, but so were her three uncles. I, of course, responded that they could only be the four Roth brothers. Ellen was amazed that I had heard of her father and uncles and I was amazed at what an incredibly small world we live in.

Which of the Roth brothers was her father? I'm sorry to say that I don't remember. But I'm sure that someone out there will supply that little bit of information . . . please!!

Oh, one more thing. My mother's maiden name was Roth, but I'm sure that's just another weird coincidence.

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Three Fines, two Tippits and a VIP

Here are some more panels that appeared in "Memos from Gurney Williams". Mr Williams was, among other things, Cartoon Editor of LOOK magazine in the 1950's, and he published a monthly "Memos" to be picked up and read by the cartoonists who visited him on Wednesday, which was Cartoon "Look Day". For more details, see my previous postings on the subject in "Eli's Corner".

Anyway, here are three more "How Not to Get an Okay" panels by Stan Fine, two panels of "The Rat Race" by Jack Tippit and last, but certainly not least, a VIP (Virgil Partch). These all involved cartoonists commenting on this crazy business of magazine gag cartooning. More to come in future postings. How Not To 23.JPG How Not To 8.JPG How Not to 22.JPG tippit no- 6.JPG tippit no-2.JPG virgilpartch.JPG

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Cartooning memorabilia

I found another tearsheet from an old magazine in my files, with photos of these three cartoonists. Don't know what magazine it was, but I suspect it was an art or literary publication from the 50's (maybe like today's "Writer's Digest").

Below each photo I've typed in the captions exactly as they appeared. Now, I don't know of a cartoonist named "Barney Tobin", and I suspect that was a typo for "Barney Tobey". Does anyone recognize him or the cartoon he's working on?

If I'm mistaken and there really is a cartoonist named Barney Tobin, my sincerest apologies. Rube Goldberg photo.JPG Caption: "The craziest inventions of them all, courtesy — lo, these many years — of veteran Rube Goldberg." whitney darrow photo.JPG Caption: " 'I dreamt I stepped outside for a breath of fresh air . . . without my Maiden-form Bra.' Not the caption for one of Whitney Darrow's famous cartoons, but for the subtle, delicate drawing behind his head." barney tobey photo.JPG Caption: "Drawingboard, paper, pen, sneakers, checked sportshirt — the paraphrenelia of the successful cartoonist, as becomingly modeled by Barney Tobin." [Barney Tobey??]

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Welcome to the Eli Stein Cartoon archive. To begin, read my introduction and personal notes, and then please look at the cartoons, which are categorized by either decade, publication name or topic. I’ve included some personal comments, memories and photos below many of the cartoons. I’ll be adding cartoons, memories and photos ad infinitum. Remember, your comments are appreciated (just click on the “comment” link at the bottom of each post).

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