Friday, March 24, 2017

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide" Part 2

Dick Buchanan delves into his pile of cartoon magazines of past decades, and unearths "The Information Guide," a publication for cartoonists from the "golden age of magazine cartooning:" the 1940s thru the 60s.

Dick has scanned in the "How I Create Humor" section from a number of issues. The regular feature was written by and for gag cartoonists. This is part two. Part one is here.

Here's Dick:

THE INFORMATION GUIDE
HOW I CREATE HUMOR (1955--1964)
Here are more pages from The Information Guide, the trade journal for cartoonists published George Hartman in the late 1950’s and 1960’s.
True to its name, each issue of The Information Guide provided valuable information for cartoonists, new market listings, tips on dealing with editors as well as providing a forum where issues confronting the working cartoonist were raised. George also always had plenty of money making ideas and lots of encouragement for everyone.
Then, as now, everyone needed help with gag writing. “Gawge” encouraged his subscribers to contribute their thoughts on the subject and the result was How I Create Humor.
Some of the George’s better-known supporters were Bob Zahn, Cliff Johnson, Mel Millar, Larry Barth, Lowell Hoppes, Carl Kohler, Marvin Townsend, and Howard Paris.
My checkered career in humor got a big boost thanks to George, as did many.


1. GLUECK. Bob Glueckstein, a minor market whiz, was one of those capable knocking out a 

batch of 10 to 15 cartoons in a couple hours for an obscure trade journal and sell most of them. 






2. JACK FLYNN. His cartoons appeared in many magazines, best known for his “adult” work in the many Humorama and similar cartoon/pinup publications of the day.









3. HAL MONEY. No information, but he was a Information Guide regular.





4. LOWELL HOPPES. A veteran cartoonist whose work appeared in major magazines ranging from The Saturday Evening Post Parade, Highlights for Children as well as the Humorama line.






5. CARL KOHLER. Carl Kohler was a West Coast cartoonist, who also published Cartoonyfeller’s Digest, another trade journal for cartoonists and gag writers in the mid 1950’s. Later, Kohler and Pete Miller founded the very successful CARtoons magazine in 1959.






More of Dick Buchanan's great gag cartoon collection:

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

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962
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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

AROUND THE CLOCK WITH ROCKY AND RUTHIE - 1947 Children's Book



Just two years after the end of World War II the above children's book was published.

The American people were ready to return to normal American life. And one of the hallmarks of being normal over here is the advertising and the packaging that dominate our consumer-driven culture.

Here's a scan of AROUND THE CLOCK WITH ROCKY AND RUTHIE, which is part children's book, and part activity book. The staple-bound publication asks kids to actively cut up and paste in logos and advertising from the products they consume every day. This "personalizes" the book for them, and increases their identification with what they buy.

Plot? There's no plot per se. We follow the two title kids, Rocky and Ruthie, through a typical day. The ticking clock on the page pushes us on. It's almost like a kiddie lit version of "High Noon," except no gunplay, no Fred Zinnemann, no Cooper, no Grace Kelly. As the kids in the book eat, go to school, etc., the reader is asked to cut out labels and paste them on the page.

The uncredited commercial artist uses a lithographic pencil to execute the illustrations. The book's interior is all two-tone. The whole thing was printed on inexpensive newsprint.  Since there's no price, it makes me think this may have been a giveaway.

On the cover, there's the number "1908,"just below that is the notation

The Saafield Pub Co.
Akron, Ohio
Made in U.S.A.

and the title page says it's copyright 1947 by S. Harold Labow.

Saalfield published a lot of books during the 20th century. It was one of the largest publishers of children's books in the world, with books like Raggedy Ann, Peter Rabbit and The Little Red Hen in its repertoire.














































-- This is an edited version of a 2013 blog entry.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

Dick Buchanan has located, scanned and now shares some great old gems from the piles of magazines he has saved in his Village apartment. I'm thankful to Dick for sharing these, and adding some notes of his own about the cartoonists. Take it away, Dick!




CARTOON CLIP FILE 1945 - 1962

In these perilous times many find solace in the teachings of the Old Masters. They tell us the best-known antidote to Tragedy is Comedy. In that spirit, here are some mid-century gag cartoons, carefully chosen with the same haphazard abandon with which many of them were created in the first place. These taken from a file labeled “Laugh or else.”


1. LEO SALKIN. American Legion Magazine. November, 1945




2. ORLANDO BUSINO. For Laughing Out Loud. October–December, 1960



3. DICK CAVALLI. American Legion Magazine. October, 1949


4. JOHN GALLAGHER. 1000 Jokes Magazine. March-May, 1962



5. GEORGE GATELY. Looking to make easy money drawing cartoons, Gately followed older brother John Gallagher into gag cartooning racket. He created the comic strip Heathcliff in 1964. American Legion Magazine. July, 1960



6. SALO ROTH. Liberty Magazine. November, 1946



7. EARLE LEVENSTEIN. Collier’s. November 23,1956


8. JOHN DEMPSEY. The Saturday Evening Post. January 27, 1951



9. MARY GIBSON. American Magazine. July, 1952
 


10. DICK STROME. The Saturday Evening Post. 1950’s



11. CHARLES PEARSON. American Magazine. September,1953



12. CEM (Charles E. Martin) Just one of many, many wordless panels Martin did over the years. They appeared any and anywhere. It’s a good guess he drew more of these than there were magazines. The Saturday Evening Post. June 14, 1947


12. VIRGIL PARTCH. Great example of the “single word” cartoon, a rare cartoon genre. As always, VIP excels. True Magazine. February, 1947


14. AL ROSS. In the 1960’s Al Ross’ work reached a new level. 1000 Jokes Magazine. March-May,1960



15. LEONARD DOVE. Look Magazine. October 24,1961.





More of Dick Buchanan's great gag cartoon collection:

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