Wednesday, December 07, 2016

My Studio 2016

Well, one corner of it.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Dick Buchanan: Color Magazine Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1961

Here is friend-of-the-blog Dick Buchanan, straight from his Greenwich Village archives of great gag cartoons. My thanks for finding, scanning and sharing these! Here's Dick:

Here's a neat bunch of gag cartoons in color dating from 1945 to 1961. Some great work by a few of the better gag cartoonists of the era.

MARTHA BLANCHARD. A weak gag but a neat piece of cartooning by Ms Blanchard. The Saturday Evening Post,1950’s




GEORGE CRENSHAW. Crenshaw’s Disney animator past is obvious here. Collier’s. December 23, 1950




GLEN BERNHARDT. Collier’s, February 7, 1953

ROY L. FOX. The Saturday Evening Post, 1960’s



DAVID HUFFINE. American Magazine, April,1955


HANK KETCHAM. Ketcham always delivers. Collier’s, June 17, 1948


JERRY MARCUS. Collier’s. May 13, 1950



KATE OSANN. May 13, 1950




LARRY REYNOLDS. Collier’s December 14, 1946


IRVING ROIR. Roir was the Roth brother whose signature was seldom legible. A fine cartoonist. Esquire. August,1945



BARBARA SHERMUND. In the late 1940’s and early’50’s Ms Shermund’s iconic cartoons were a mainstay of The Pictorial Revue, a weekly newspaper supplement. The Pictorial Revue. July 18, 1948



SALO ROTH. Salo Roth was another of the cartooning Roth brothers. Collier’s. December 10, 1949



FRITZ WILKINSON. Collier’s. December 14, 1946



JOE ZEIS. The Saturday Evening Post. June 17,1961

Monday, December 05, 2016

True Story: Overheard in a Thrift Shop

Drew this up for you guys today.

True story: I overheard this conversation between a daughter and her mother in a Windham, Maine second-hand shop this weekend.

The mom's deadpan responses were great. She could do standup. The daughter was unfazed.


Did she get the record player and records?

I have no idea! I left before I saw the outcome. Then, when I went home and Googled that Bambi album for reference in the last panel, I see it's going for $90 on eBay. So ...maybe the kid was on to something!

Friday, December 02, 2016

"Vermeer of the Borscht Belt" Support This Documentary About Illustrator Drew Friedman



If you know the Internet (and I know you do), then you know that the Kickstarter site is around and it's a great platform for crowsourcing support for worthy projects. Case in point: the proposed "Vermeer of the Borscht Belt" film of Drew Friedman. Please consider giving money to help seed this documentary about the life of this wonderful illustrator and, may I add, very nice fellow. This is a once in a lifetime chance to be able to see Drew working and hear him talk about why he draws what he draws.






Thursday, December 01, 2016

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

Hey, happy December 1st. And here is the first gift of the season: a batch of holiday-themed cartoons from my friend Dick Buchanan. He's found them and scanned them and now, here they are: seventeen little gag cartoon gems that may not have seen the light in decades. 

Thanks so much, Dick!


GEORGE BOOTH. In 1953 Booth did monthly spot illustrations for the American Legion Magazine’s “Parting Shots” humor page. American Legion Magazine, December,1953


PHIL INTERLANDI. Look Magazine, December 14, 1963


BEN ROTH. Ben was the elder of the four cartooning Roth brothers--Al Ross,
Irv Roir and Salo Roth. American Magazine, January, 1944


CHARLES PEARSON. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s.


DICK ERICSON. American Legion Magazine, December, 1952


ROBERT DAY. American Legion. December, 1953.


JAN & STAN BERENSTAIN. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s


VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine, December 1949


JEFF KEATE. American Magazine, January,1950.


ELDON DEDINI. Look Magazine, December 24, 1959


CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post, 1960’s


TOM HENDERSON. Then as Now Dept: Tom Henderson depicts the fate that befalls many a traveling relative during the holidays. American Legion Magazine, March,1953


BARNEY TOBEY. The Saturday Evening Post, 1950’s


FRITZ WILKINSON. The Saturday Evening Post,1950’s



TOM HUDSON. Did Hudson’s artificial snow seller spawn the waif hawking real snow by Charles Addams? (New Yorker, Jan 1, 1974) From Collier’s, December 21,1946


BARNEY TOBEY. Mr. Tobey again, confirming many suspicions. Look Magazine, December 24, 1959


JOSEPH MIRACHI. Look Magazine, December 31, 1963



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

J.W. Taylor Cartoons 1943 - 1974






Here is a selection of cartoons from one of my favorite Punch magazine cartoonists, J.W. Taylor. I'm grateful to Dick Buchanan for pulling these cartoons which represent Taylor's career span.

"Quite a span with both the earliest and latest being wash drawings. Not usual for Punch or Taylor." adds Dick.

True. Most of the cartoons have Taylor's bold line. You can see how he boils visuals down to their essence. And he's a funny cartoonist too.

Thanks very much, Dick!














More J.W. Taylor cartoons here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Luchow's Restaurant Cookbook Illustrations by Ludwig Bemelmans

I scored this terrific little cookbook from the famous Luchow's German restaurant this past weekend. LUCHOW'S GERMAN COOKBOOK was by Jan Mitchell and published by Doubleday and Company, 1952

Luchow's was a NYC German restaurant. When it was first opened, in 1882, it was L├╝chow's; named after the Bavarian waiter who saved his money and bought it in the 19th century. But the place decided to omit the umlaut between 1917 and 1950. ("The absence of the umlaut had led many new customers to believe that the place was a Chinese restaurant,"-- New York Times.)

The famous eating establishment was originally located on 14th Street, encompassing the entire block to 13th Street. It was a good location. Business was good. It was close to the opera hose, the Academy of Music, Steinway Hall, as well as Tammany Hall.

In 1982, due to the decline in the neighborhood, it was relocated to the theater district. The restaurant failed there, closing within two years. The original building on 14th Street was torn down after a fire ravaged the site in 1995.

Ludwig Bemelmans, a writer, artist and traveler, enjoyed the good life. His illustrations were the reason I bought the book. Best known for his Madeline series of kids books, Bemelmans had a steady stream of his own adult books and travel articles. I adore his work and am slowly amassing his non-Madeline output.









Made some good goulash from the book that night!