Tuesday, June 25, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1949 - 1965 Part 3

And the clichés continue. This is the third installment of classic gag cartoon clichés, all collected and annotated by my hard-working cartoon loving friend Dick Buchanan. It's fair to say that the pretty much all of these cartoons have not seen the light of day since their initial publication. And there are some doozies here.

Thank you, Dick, and take it away:

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1949 – 1965

Here some more gag cartoon clichés from the 1940’s and 1950’s that give us a glimpse of everyday life of Americans as portrayed by the great and near great cartoonists during the era of the great magazines of the day.

Some of these clichés have appeared on many lists of cartoon clichés while others are ones I found to be prevalent during the course of my usual haphazard research. Keep in mind yours truly actually lived during those “good old days” and it wasn’t always pretty. But it was often pretty funny, at least on the surface.


ORDERING IN A RESTAURANT

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


2. CLYDE LAMB. The Saturday Evening Post April 18, 1953.


3. WILLIAM O’BRIEN. American Legion Magazine June, 1954.





ASKING THE BOSS FOR A RAISE.


1. LEW FOLLETTE. American Legion Magazine December, 1953.


2. HERB WILLIAMS. American Magazine March, 1949.


3. GEORGE la MENDOLA (George Dole). Liberty Magazine April 1949.




COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT.


1. JOSEPH G. FARRIS. Collier’s August 20, 1954.


2. TOM HUDSON. For laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.


3. AL KAUFMAN. Look Magazine March 28, 1961.




ALIENS ON VISIT EARTH.


1. BOB BARNES. BALLYHOO Fall, 1953.


2. MORT TEMES. True Magazine August, 1955.


3. VAHAN SHIRVANIAN. 1000 Jokes Magazine December-February, 1965.



ALIENS ON THEIR HOME PLANET.


1. JOHN BAILEY. Ballyhoo Fall, 1953.


2. J. B (BUD) HANDELSMAN. Look Magazine February 12, 1963.


3. JOHN NORMENT. BALLYHOO Fall, 1953.





Monday, June 24, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1947 - 1965 Part 2

Courtesy of Dick Buchanan, here is another selection of gag cartoon clichés. Once again, he gives us three examples per cliché. Despite some of these tropes being pretty darn old hat, there are some funny cartoons below!

Thank you and take it away, Dick!

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1947 – 1965

Here is the second installment of the gag cartoon clichés which were part of the every cartoonist’s arsenal in the mid 20th Century.

THE BOSS and SECRETARY


1. DICK CAVALLI. The Saturday Evening Post November 22, 1952.





2. LEE LORENZ. True Magazine April,1960.





3. MORT WALKER. American Legion Magazine November, 1959.







ESKIMOS


1. MICHAEL BERRY. Liberty May 25, 1946.





2. JEFF KEATE. Liberty December 28, 1946.





3. JACK TIPPIT. American Legion Magazine January,1960.






WOMEN DRIVERS


1. SALO ROTH. Judge June, 1947.





2. LAFE LOCKE. American Legion Magazine December, 1953.





3. NED HILTON. Look Magazine June 6, 1961.






PATENT OFFICE


1. GEORGE GATELY. 1000 Jokes Magazine December-February,1965.




 

2. JOHN MULLIGAN. American Legion Magazine May, 1949.





3. LEO GAREL. 1000 Jokes Magazine Aril-June, 1958.






MARRIAGE COUNSELORS

1. BRAD ANDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post October 15, 1960.




2. BOB BARNES. True Magazine January, 1959.





3. MISCHA RICHTER. Collier’s September 7, 1956.




Friday, June 21, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1944 - 1970 Part 1

Good ol' Dick Buchanan has pulled some golden age gag cartoon samples from his tremendous stock of magazines. What follows now and in the coming days is a trove of clichéd cartoons that the internet has never seen before. I am thankful and amazed at these samples Dick has put together for your pleasure. Most of these single panel cartoons have been unseen since their publication, for about a half a century.

Take it away, Dick!

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1944 - 1970




Gag cartoon clichés were a staple of every magazine. In the era of the great magazines several appeared in each and every issue. Some were figments of imaginations of the cartooning mind while others were firmly rooted in the everyday lives of the readers.


Many lists have been made to innumerate the cartoon cliché. Each list differs and no list is complete. Gag cartoon clichés are virtually infinite and ever changing. Some have disappeared, falling victim to the evolving enlightenment of civilization while others have vanished with the advancement of technology.


Never one to pass up a time wasting endeavor, I have dipped in my Cartoon Clip File and emerged with a sampling of cartoon clichés from the mid-century.


DESERT ISLAND


1. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty September 9,1944.








2. TON SMITS. Look Magazine November 7,1961.





3. VIRGIL PARTCH. Look Magazine December 9, 1959.







CAVEMEN

1. FRANK MODELL. Collier’s November 23, 1956.






2. GARDNER REA. True Magazine March,1948.





 
3. JAN VAN WESSUM. Evergreen Review August 1970.




FORTUNE TELLERS


1. MISCHA RICHTER. For Laughing Out Loud July-September,1963.










2. ROY WILLIAMS. Collier’s September 18,1948





3. MIKE WILLIAMS. Punch August 28,1968.








THE PSYCHIATRIST’S COUCH


1. JOHN GALLAGHER. American Legion Magazine. January,1960.







2. ROBERT KRAUS. American Magazine August,1951








3. ORLANDO BUSINO. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.







HUSBANDS READING AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE


1. SYD HOFF. Collier’s January 21,1955.







2. DICK ERICSON. Liberty May 25,1946.






3. DON TOBIN. The Saturday Evening Post September 27,1952.





Thursday, June 20, 2024

Robert Kinoshita, Robot Designer

Robert Kinoshita (1914 - 2014) is best known as the designer of the two best known robots in science fiction movies and TV: Robby the Robot from Forbidden Planet (1956) and "Robot" from the 1960s CBS TV show Lost in Space. Here are a few images.

 

















Hat tip to Mack White for these images.