Thursday, January 24, 2008

TABOO Edited by Charles Preston Part 2

Hello, and welcome to some risque cartoons circa 1966 from the book TABOO. This is a collection of cartoons that were considered unpublishable and it was edited by Charles Preston who is alive and well and editing the WSJ cartoon. This is the part. The first part of this entry is here.

"Draw me and try for a free two-year scholarship."

Above: The first of several from S. Gross. Gosh, imagine the upswing in enrollment at the Center for Cartoon Studies if this girl went door to door!
You can definitely see the Addams influence in Sam's early work.
"Can I return this get-well card? She died."

Bo Brown's cartoon is great. Such a seemingly pedestrian couple of women in a benign looking picture. The gag line makes it all so hostile and funny.

"Is this where we take the 'A' train to Harlem?"

Above: a number of cartoons concerned the KKK.

"Damn the consequences! If they want her that bad, they can have her!"

Above: I'm a fan of Al Ross' loopy, sketchy style. It almost looks to "rough" to be a final finish!

Did anyone notice what happened to Al Ross' signature in the column of signatures from the book's cover?

Above: click on the tower of artist's signatures to see what I mean.

"Bernice, just what is it you people want?"

Above: Erikson gives us elitist white humor! Yikes!
"So that's how Mary Poppins can fly! She's on the pot."

Above: Sure looks like those are Wednesday's pigtails! And the boy's built like Puggsly.

Above: Another Sam Gross cartoon. Nothing is sacred to this man. His new collection of cartoons, We Have Ways of Making You Laugh: 120 Funny Swastika Cartoons, will be out in March 2008 from Simon & Schuster.
"My doll is frigid."

Above: Well, it's probably better than a Bratz doll.
More KKK humor. Yeesh.

"You see dear, on opening day the Emperor throws out the first Christian."

Even the Christians are made fun of!

"Yes, it's nice, but won't it be kinda heavy to carry on a seal hunt?"

I love Reamer Keller's cartoons. His style is unmistakable.

"Hello there. I'm your friendly neighborhood tart."

Interlandi's great drawing skill is always delightful to linger over. I love her '60s bouffant.

1 comment:

Mark Anderson said...

Wow! You really can see Addam's influence on Gross early on.

Took me a second to figure out the Ross signature thing. That is too funny!