Friday, July 03, 2020

Henry Martin 1925 - 2020

Prolific New Yorker cartoonist Henry Martin passed away on June 30th. He had 691 drawings published in The New Yorker.

Via Michael Maslin: His daughter Ann, best known for her "Baby-Sitters Club" series of YA books, posted this on Facebook:

"My father, Henry Martin, passed away yesterday, June 30th, two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. I’d like to share what my sister Jane wrote, which I think he would have thoroughly enjoyed:

"Longtime New Yorker cartoonist Henry Read Martin (who signed his cartoons H. Martin) died on June 30, 2020, just two weeks shy of his 95th birthday. For a man who had dealt with serious heart issues since he was fifteen, his sweet, loving, funny ticker sure gave him his money’s worth.

"Also known as Hank, Martin was born in Louisville, KY, where he attended public schools until entering Texas Country Day School in Dallas, TX, now known as St. Mark’s School of Texas. He graduated from Princeton University in 1948, after which he attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Hank then headed back East and began his 45-year career with The New Yorker magazine. He sold his first drawing — known as a 'spot' (the small drawing inside a story) — to The New Yorker in April 1950, though it was another 14 years before he sold his first cartoon there. He was also a longtime contributor to Punch magazine and The Spectator in England and for fifteen years had a daily syndicated newspaper cartoon called 'Good News/Bad News.' Collections of his cartoons included Good News/Bad News and Yak! Yak! Yak! Blah! Blah! Blah!, both published by Charles Scribner’s Sons. Hank received the National Cartoonist’s Society’s Gag Cartoon Award in 1978 and also illustrated many books published by Peter Pauper Press.

"In 1953 Hank married Edith (Edie) Matthews and they settled in Princeton, NJ, where they raised their two daughters and Edie taught pre-school. It was Edie who noticed a sign for a one-room office for rent across the street from the Princeton University Press that became Hank’s studio for close to forty years. For years he commuted to it on his bicycle and friends often stopped by his window to say hello. Despite working with pen and ink, Hank always wore a coat and tie to work 'because you never know when someone is going to stop by and ask you to lunch.' In fact, every Thursday for over ten years, Hank and other Princeton cartoonists such as Arnold Roth, Clarence Brown and Mike Ramus met regularly for lunch at the (now defunct) Annex Restaurant on Nassau Street.

"On Wednesdays Hank would take the bus into New York 'to peddle his wares' at The New Yorker, Good Housekeeping, Ladies’ Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post. Wednesday was 'Look Day' at The New Yorker where the cartoon editor chose potential cartoons from each artist. Hank capped those days with lunch with the New Yorker cartoonists, a group often consisting of some combination of George Booth, Roz Chast, Sid Harris, Lee Lorenz, Nurit Karlin, Mort Gerberg, Sam Gross, Frank Modell, Jack Ziegler, Warren Miller and Peter Porges (who usually sold his drawings elsewhere but regularly joined the lunch). It was a long-held tradition: in the 1940’s the cartoonists’ lunch included such luminaries as Charles Addams, Charles Saxon, Barney Tobey, Whitney Darrow and William Steig.

"In Princeton Hank served on the boards of several local Princeton organizations including SAVE, McCarter Theater and Friends of the Princeton Public Library. The Special Collections at Princeton University Library holds over 500 of his original cartoons published in the New Yorker and other publications along with 680 pen drawings for the famous New Yorker ‘spots.’ Also included in the collection is a complete set of his illustrated books and other archival materials. Hank also contributed cartoons and drawings to the Princeton Alumni Weekly as well as other Princeton University-themed mailings throughout his career and into retirement. In addition, the Morgan Library in New York City holds eight of his cartoons in its permanent collection.

"Hank and Edie remained in Princeton until moving to Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA in 1998. Edie predeceased him in 2010. He is survived by his sister Adele Vinsel of Louisville, KY, two daughters, 'The Baby-Sitters Club' author Ann M. Martin and Jane Read Martin, as well as son-in-law Douglas McGrath, grandson Henry, and eight nieces and nephews."

Michael Maslin Remembers Henry Martin 

The Daily Cartoonist: Henry Martin - RIP

1978 Cartoonist Profiles interview with Henry

Mark Anderson: Henry Martin - An Appreciation


Thursday, July 02, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: The Search for Happiness Part One: The Mating Game 1949 - 1959

Dick Buchanan has a special entry of cartoons today and tomorrow. And it has to do with a constitutionally protected pursuit! Thank you and take it away, Dick!


Part One: The Mating Game
(1949 – 1959)

When the Cartoon Clip File is sorted by subject, the largest file by far is the one marked The Search for Happiness. It contains cartoons dealing with love and marriage--a source of humor for centuries, if not longer. Having nothing better to do, we’ve selected some typical gag cartoons from this voluminous file and arranged them in our version of chronological order.

The Search for Happiness is collection of gag cartoons, haphazardly clipped from the pages of the great national magazines of the mid-20th century which clearly illustrate each step of the journey. Part One is the story from the first meeting to proposal. Take a look!

DISCLAIMER: The actions portrayed in these cartoons were intended to show the humorous side of the mating experience. They bear no resemblance to actual persons or behavior which may, or may not, have been common practice then or now.

1. BOB BARNES. American Magazine June, 1950.

2. SALO ROTH. Collier’s July 18, 1953.

3. MARY GIBSON. Collier’s November 24, 1951.

4. ROY FOX. The Saturday Evening Post February 21, 1948.

5. GEORGE KESNER. The Saturday Evening Post August 31, 1957.

6. JAN AND STAN BERENSTAIN. Collier’s June 17, 1950.

7. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s April 29, 1955.

8. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post January 6, 1951.

9. GUSTAV LUNDBERG. Collier’s December 9. 1950.

10. TOM HENDERSON. American Legion Magazine February, 1963.

11. GEORGE WOLFE. American Legion Magazine April, 1959.

12. LARRY FRICK. American Magazine April, 1951.

13. JERRY MARCUS. Collier’s July 1, 1950.

14. LEW FOLLETTE. Collier’s October 18, 1948.

15. STAN FINE. Look Magazine May 12, 1959.

16. MORT TEMES. The Saturday1 Evening Post March 19, 1955.

17. GEORGE CRENSHAW. American Magazine February, 1950.

18. BILL KING. Collier’s June 10, 1950.

19. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post October 3, 1953.

20. FRANK O’NEAL. The Saturday Evening Post October 3, 1953.

21. GARDNER REA. Look Magazine September 16, 1958.

22. MELL LAZARUS. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

23. DAVID PASCAL. 1000 Jokes Magazine Fall, 1952.

24. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post September 10, 1949.

25. BORIS DRUCKER. The Saturday Evening Post June 11, 1949.

Next . . . THE WEDDING.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

The Garden As of July 1

It's a misty, foggy New England morning and all the plants are loving it after a 2 week heat wave. Here are the three new raised beds and, from left to right: cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and (way in the back, behind the tomatoes) peppers.

Teeny weeny baby Roma tomato!

A boxful of zinnias.

And some various flowers:


The Garden As of Mid-May 2020

The Garden As of Early June 2020

Happy 104th Birthday, Canada!

I am so looking forward to the day when I will be allowed back into your country. I miss Prince Edward Island, Montreal and Cape Breton.

My 2011 camping trip to PEI told in sketchbook-cartoon form.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Video: First Time Hearing Dolly Parton's "Jolene"

These young twin teens encounter old music for the first time and react to it live on their YouTube channel.

They are a lot of fun! This time they react to Dolly Parton's "Jolene."

Also in that vein: these two kids have exactly four minutes to make a phone call on a rotary dial phone. Can they figure it out?

Hat tip to my sister-in-law Jenny for the above. There are, if you care to peruse, a whole series of videos of teens grappling with dial phone on YouTube.

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Fantastic Four #61 (Apr 1967): Joe Sinnott Inks Jack Kirby's Pencils

Courtesy of TCJ, here's an analysis of "what an inker does." In this case, it's inker Joe Sinnott who is finishing a Fantastic Four comic's pencils by Jack Kirby.

Sam the Cat from 2008

Here is good old Sam the cat on top of my good old BIG monitor way back in 2008. I guess this was maybe 6 months after moving from urban Brooklyn to the foothills of the White Mountains in New Hampshire.

Those big fat monitors made cats happy!  It was all warm and there was usually a person within the vicinity to lavish praise and pats. One time I drew a cartoon of a cat like Sam on the monitor, with a pissed off look, reaching out to scratch someone who was browsing an online shopping site. The cat had the line: "You better not be shopping for any of those flat screens!"