Monday, August 20, 2018

1000 Jokes No. 79 Sept.-Nov. 1956 Part Two

This is the second part of Dell's 1000 Jokes magazine, the No. 79 Sept.-Nov. 1956 edition. For part one, please go here.

While I won't be scanning all 1000 jokes, here is a healthy sample for your viewing pleasure. Let's start with an advertisement that let's everyone know that there's Amazing Proof That Anyone Can Play Music, even Lawrence Welk!

"And I say, as a husband, you're a shining example of a horrible example."

A sketchy, loose, spare gag cartoon. I like how simply this cartoon was drawn. No background, no major details (not even those little lines to denote columns in the newspaper he's holding). By his beard stubble, and the way he's slumped in his chair, we can discern this is the end of a bad working day and the Mrs. is just piling on an insult in what promises to be a bad evening. I can't make out the signature.

"I hope you don't mind. My husband is getting so he hardly notice me any more."

Mort Temes, a prolific gag cartoonist who, so I've been told by colleagues contributes the above. Another marriage-in-trouble joke, but a funny idea I've never seen before.

OK, let's cleanse the cartoon palate with some classified ads. Right click this onto its own page to make it very big and readable:

John Gallagher submits that the old timer getting paroled here is in for some massive cultural trouble. Wait until he finds out about Women's Lib and #metoo and all that!

"We brought the Smiths. They were eating with us when suddenly we remembered we were supposed to be having dinner with you people."

Jack Tyrrell's gag made me smile so I had to include it. I love the squashed hats on the guys, like they just mashed them on their heads and raced over.

"Besides writing the script for the show I have to prepare material so he's the life of every party he goes to!"

Reamer Keller, another New Jersey cartoonist. I like his loose style.

"Lois, I was wondering .... when my boss comes to dinner tomorrow .... what I mean is .... uh, would you mind ...."

Above: Harry Mace gives us a sense of what a 1950s upscale suburban living room interior looks like in this rather oddball gag.

We now break for an ad:

"I'd like a new suit -- but let me warn you -- I'm fussy!"

Orlando Busino, the one and only, nails it. I like imagining snooty Mr. Fussy here, walking around town in his undies.

"Gosh, I'm sorry, but I ate one -- then I just couldn't seem to stop ..."

Looks like an early Herb Green cartoon. I'm glad he wrote PEANUTS on the bags since I couldn't tell what they were. IMHO, we need to see piles of empty shells and the trainer's enlarged belly for this to scan.

Above: Bob Schroeter with a silent golf gag. I like the succession of expressions on the golfer's face, from expectant in panel one, to downright disgusted.

"Bob and Ruth must have gone over their heads with they bought this place."

Al Kaufman, another prolific gag cartoonist that I see in most every collection of the era, contributes the above. I like these kind of gags that address a still-common problem of living beyond one's means and then suggesting a silly solution.

Above: along the same vein of solving life's problems with silly (yet, at their root, practical) suggestions, Bob Barnes (signing with a stylized "B B"), contributes "Necessity: The Mother of Invention."

"That all depends. Which ocean did you wish to face?"

Al Johns shows us that help ain't what it used to be.

I can't resist another Orlando Busino gag. And it's another one making fun of snooty nose-in-the-air types. Even the chi-chi poodle is pointing her nose in the air! (How does she ever find the fire hydrant, then?)

"She still loves you, doesn't she, Rudy."

Dick Ericson's cartoon took me a moment before I saw the shattered glass on the newsstand floor and actually had that "aha" moment when I got the gag. Maybe the lack of a question mark in the gag line cause me a bit of confusion.

"Dinner ... movies ... and THEN what?"

Sharp line work by Harry Mace as he give us everything: foreground, background, and the three players. I like the touch of Dad's pipe and jar of tobacco by his easy chair.

Above: this worldless Gallagher gag shows us a faux pas that would maybe go unnoticed in the 21st century. Men were more chivalrous back then. Clicking on it gives what I would guess is pretty much the actual size of the original. I admire Gallagher's cartoony line.

Stan Fine with a big multi-panel gag with a cooties-fearin' pre-teen boy at the movies.

"I'll say this for Elsie ... she certainly has an open mind ... and it goes well with her mouth."

I can't make out the signature here, but this is the kind of gag that editors would not buy today. It's insulting to women, maybe even misogynistic. Regardless, I liked the wash technique -- and it seems there's a suggestion of, well, how to put it? It looks like her skirt is not opaque, y'know?

Friday, August 17, 2018

1000 Jokes No. 79 Sept.-Nov. 1956 Part One

Here is 1000 Jokes, a Dell magazine that sold for 20 cents 60 years ago. Since we got a large, bulbous-headed naked Bob Hope coming out of a voting booth, I thought this appropriate fodder since we are less than 3 months before the midterm elections.

Here are the first 2 pages. Ads, of course. Click on any of these pages to super-size the live long day outta them:

And, then, below, finally, the beginning of cartoony goodness -- and what a beginning! A full page Chon Day cartoon.

"It's all tied up at seven-seven, folks, with a half a pint to go."

"Don't argue with him. Let's plug him."

Above: a cartoon by Gallagher. In a perfect world, there would be a hardcover collection of Gallagher's animal cartoons.

Above: cartoonists Pete Wyma and Bob Schwartz Schroeter with two good ones. Schwartz' Schroeter's cartoon is especially risque. OK, so far this has nothing to do with the looming election this fall, but isn't it fun? Hang on. Hope is coming ....

Above: cartoons by Vahan Shirvanian and Stan Hunt. Like I said, you can click to get a huge size. I have not read any of the jokes on these pages, just the cartoons.

And below is a our man, Mr. Hope, quipping politically:

Below: Virgil Partch contributes the visuals to some amusing stories by Avery Weeks. Mr. Partch's work has aged better than Mr. Weeks':

And, closing out today's peek at 1000 Jokes, is a full pager by the one and only Jerry Marcus:

Related: Cartoonist Eli Stein on 1000 Jokes:

Payment was very small, but it always left me with a feeling of satisfaction to be accepted by fellow cartoonists.

Related: Cartoonist and former New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Lee Lorenz talks about doing the magazine rounds in NYC back in the day in the February, 14 2000 NY Times:

After the New Yorker stop, they moved on: Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Sports Illustrated, Ladies' Home Journal, American Legion, True, Cavalier, Playboy. ''At the end of the day,'' Mr. Lorenz said, ''you'd go to '1,000 Jokes,' published by Dell, and the editor would sop up whatever was left.''

UPDATE: I've corrected lady boxers cartoon credit to Bob Schroeter (see above). My thanks to Orlando Busino for correcting my error. Orlando adds:

Bob Schroeter did the two lady boxers (wrestlers?) gag. Unfortunately he did not have a clear signature and may be doomed to forever be referred to as Bob Schwartz. Bob was a good cartoonist and a very nice guy who worked as cartoon editor for King Feature's LAFF-A-DAY.

Thanks, Orlando!!!

-- Edited from a blog entry that originally appeared January 8, 2008.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Video: Winsor McCay's "The Sinking of the Lusitania" (1918)

From 100 years ago, here is "The Sinking of the Lusitania," a short film by Winsor McCay. It clocks in at 12 minutes and is a piece of powerful propaganda. There were no photos of the 1915 event, in which 1,198 people were killed when a German U-Boat torpedoed the RMS Lusitania.

The event outraged McCay, but the newspapers of his employer William Randolph Hearst downplayed the event, as Hearst was opposed to the US joining World War I. McCay was required to illustrate anti-war and anti-British editorial cartoons for Hearst's papers. In 1916, McCay rebelled against his employer's stance and began work on the patriotic Sinking of the Lusitania on his own time with his own money. 
The film followed McCay's earlier successes in animation: Little Nemo (1911), How a Mosquito Operates (1912), and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). McCay drew these earlier films on rice paper, onto which backgrounds had to be laboriously traced; The Sinking of the Lusitania was the first film McCay made using the new, more efficient cel technology. McCay and his assistants spent twenty-two months making the film. His subsequent animation output suffered setbacks, as the film was not as commercially successful as his earlier efforts, and Hearst put increased pressure on McCay to devote his time to editorial drawings.
-- Wikipedia

The music is the Tragic Overture by Johannes Brahms, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Garden As of August 15, 2018

Lotsa green and lotsa blooms. Love it.

Cucumbers and tomatoes. 

Love zinnias! 

Rose of Sharon:

Pinky winky:

The bed of zinnias:

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Knoxville couple celebrates 60th wedding anniversary in a comic strip

The Rex Morgan comic strip today doubles as a tribute to Ron and Shirley Bugos, who celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. Ron and Shirley are longtime Rex Morgan fans.

It was their son Glenn's idea, and he contacted Rex Morgan cartoonist Terry Beatty about it. 

From the Knoxville News:

Beatty went one step further. He decided to “invite” Ron and Shirley to the wedding reception of his characters Buck and Mindy.

“Knowing I had the Buck and Mindy Las Vegas wedding sequence coming up, I knew I’d be drawing some sort of crowd scene for their wedding reception and figured why not put these long-time fans into the strip?” he said. "I ran that notion past Glenn, who was thrilled by the idea and supplied a reference photo.

Video: Rob Rogers: Editorial cartooning and the First Amendment

Rob Rogers, former editorial cartoonist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who was fired by the publisher in June 2018, is interviewed by The Heinz Endowments president Grant Oliphant regarding his career and the First Amendment implications of his firing.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Cartoon Class

Another great week teaching cartooning at the Long Island Museum. Great kids, fierce talent. I could add 100 more photos. We drew so much.

This class was almost double what last year's class was, and was about 50/50 boys and girls. I have been teaching a week-long series of classes at the Museum for over a decade. We had a lot of fun, and the kids surprised me with their talent.

It's back to normal for a short time here. Back to the drawing board.

Sunday, August 05, 2018

See You Soon

This week I'm at Long Island Museum, teaching cartoon classes. Updates will be sporadic or not at all. See you!

Friday, August 03, 2018

From the Sketchbook: People Will Steal My Brilliant Ideas!

From the sketchbook: angry arteest kinda guy thinks people will steal his brilliant artistic ideas. #legendinhisownmind