Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Here's even more of the Scholastic book CARTOONS OF THE MONTH, copyright 1965 by the Scholastic Magazine.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


More gag cartoons from fifty years ago from the CARTOONS-OF-THE-MONTH book. It's copyright 1965 by the Scholastic Magazine. The first part is here.

These panel cartoons may have been culled from the syndicated feature "Today's Laugh" which had a run of over two decades (1948–1973). It was originated by Tom Henderson and William King. Later on, gag cartoon stalwarts like Jeff Machamer, Frank Owen, Rodney de Sarro, Reamer Keller, Jeff Keate, Cathy Joachim, Bill Yates, Joe Zeis and Betty Swords joined the revolving team of featured cartoonists.

Monday, May 22, 2017


"A gaggle of giggles especially selected for teen-agers!" reads the promo copy for CARTOONS-OF-THE-MONTH, a small book (it was pocket size) that sold for 35 cents back in 1965 and is copyright that year by the Scholastic Magazines people.

"We took our pick from hundreds of hilarious cartoons in the field of Cartoons-of-the-Month -- and organization which features some of America's leading cartoonists. You'll recognize the work of those humor artists -- you've seen their work in the pages of Look, McCall's, This Week, The Saturday Evening Post, and many other of your favorite magazines.

"Read 'em and weep … with laughter!"
My guess is that this was offered to school kids as part of the Scholastic Book Club. We had that back in Iowa. Every month your could order a book or two from this small catalog from Scholastic.

There are six cartoonists in the book: Rodney DeSarro, Tom Henderson, Jeff Keate, Reamer Keller, Cathy Joachim and Frank Owen.

Some of these are creaky gags. The hillbilly humor on the cover is a tell to its 50 year old age. And you get a healthy dose of other kids of gags: desert island, science fiction, teenagers, gossiping wives, clueless husbands, devious children, etc.

Here are some cartoons from CARTOONS OF THE MONTH:

Tom Henderson:

Cathy Joachim:

Cathy Joachim:

Rodney DeSarro:

Reamer Keller:

Cathy Joachim:

Frank Owen. The gag line was partially cut off in the printing and even more cut off when I scanned this in. The complete line is "Jeff is so proud of his collection of tools, it's going to break his heart when the neighbors start asking for them back!"

"Jeff is so proud of his collection of tools, 
it's going to break his heart when the neighbors start asking for 
them back!"

No signature on this one. Frank Owen?

Cathy Joachim:

Frank Owen:

Reamer Keller:

Cathy Joachim:

Tom Henderson:

Cathy Joachim:

Tom Henderson:

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1946 – 1963

Here is Dick Buchanan, sharing some of his great golden age gag cartoon collection once more. Thanks and take it away!


Whatever you call them, No Caption, Wordless or Pantomime, these cartoons are examples of the gag cartoon at its best--a humorous drawing executed with wit and verve.

Here, from the tattered Dick Buchanan Gag Cartoon Clip File is a batch of wordless visual gag cartoons by the masters of their craft.

These are cartoons to make you think, cartoons to make you laugh or, at least, to make you think you’re laughing.

1. TON SMITS. Look Magazine. May 7, 1963

2. MORT DRUCKER. Rare Mort Drucker gag cartoon—a year before he joined the gang at Mad. One of Mad’s leading cartoonists, Drucker is America’s premier caricaturist with many, many Time Magazine covers to his credit. Collier’s. June 24, 1955

 3. ANATOL KOVARSKY. Noted New Yorker cartoonist & cover artist. Collier’s August 3, 1956

4. GARDNER REA. Look Magazine. July 22, 1958

5. JOHN DEMPSEY. 1000 Jokes Magazine. March-May, 1960

6. JOHN ALBANO. American Magazine. July 1951

7. GAHAN WILSON. For Laughing Out Loud. October-December, 1963

8. ERNIE GARZA. True Magazine. April, 1946

9. AL ROSS. For Laughing Out Loud. October-December, 1960

10. HOWARD SPARBER. Sparber created the comic strip Timmy, which began as a panel in Collier’s in the 1940’s. Liberty Magazine. June 8, 1946

11. CLYDE LAMB. 1000 Jokes Magazine. September-November, 1961

12. CEM. Charles E. Martin. Here is another of his many multiple panel gems. Collier’s. May 31,1947

13. MORT WALKER. Walker also edited this popular Dell title. 1000 Jokes Magazine. Winter, 1952

14. GRAHAM JACKSON. American Legion Magazine. October, 1950

15. J.B. “Bud” HANDELSMAN. Look Magazine. September 26, 1961 

More of Dick Buchanan's great gag cartoon collection:

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968
Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64