Friday, December 04, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1949 - 1965 Part 3

And the clichés continue. This is the third installment of classic gag cartoon clichés, all collected and annotated by my hard-working cartoon loving friend Dick Buchanan. It's fair to say that the pretty much all of these cartoons have not seen the light of day since their initial publication. And there are some doozies here.

Need to catch up? Links here:

Gag Cartoon Clichés Part 1
Gag Cartoon Clichés Part 2

Thank you, Dick, and take it away:

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1949 – 1965

Here some more gag cartoon clichés from the 1940’s and 1950’s that give us a glimpse of everyday life of Americans as portrayed by the great and near great cartoonists during the era of the great magazines of the day.

Some of these clichés have appeared on many lists of cartoon clichés while others are ones I found to be prevalent during the course of my usual haphazard research. Keep in mind yours truly actually lived during those “good old days” and it wasn’t always pretty. But it was often pretty funny, at least on the surface.


ORDERING IN A RESTAURANT

1. GUSTAV LUNDBERG. Collier’s December 9, 1950.


2. CLYDE LAMB. The Saturday Evening Post April 18, 1953.


3. WILLIAM O’BRIEN. American Legion Magazine June, 1954.





ASKING THE BOSS FOR A RAISE.


1. LEW FOLLETTE. American Legion Magazine December, 1953.


2. HERB WILLIAMS. American Magazine March, 1949.


3. GEORGE la MENDOLA (George Dole). Liberty Magazine April 1949.




COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT.


1. JOSEPH G. FARRIS. Collier’s August 20, 1954.


2. TOM HUDSON. For laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.


3. AL KAUFMAN. Look Magazine March 28, 1961.




ALIENS ON VISIT EARTH.


1. BOB BARNES. BALLYHOO Fall, 1953.


2. MORT TEMES. True Magazine August, 1955.


3. VAHAN SHIRVANIAN. 1000 Jokes Magazine December-February, 1965.



ALIENS ON THEIR HOME PLANET.


1. JOHN BAILEY. Ballyhoo Fall, 1953.


2. J. B (BUD) HANDELSMAN. Look Magazine February 12, 1963.


3. JOHN NORMENT. BALLYHOO Fall, 1953.




Thursday, December 03, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1947 - 1965 Part 2

Courtesy of Dick Buchanan, here is another selection of gag cartoon clichés. Once again, he gives us three examples per cliché. Despite some of these tropes being pretty darn old hat, there are some funny cartoons below!

Part one of Gag Cartoon Clichés is here.

Thank you and take it away, Dick!

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1947 – 1965

Here is the second installment of the gag cartoon clichés which were part of the every cartoonist’s arsenal in the mid 20th Century.

THE BOSS and SECRETARY


1. DICK CAVALLI. The Saturday Evening Post November 22, 1952.





2. LEE LORENZ. True Magazine April,1960.





3. MORT WALKER. American Legion Magazine November, 1959.







ESKIMOS


1. MICHAEL BERRY. Liberty May 25, 1946.





2. JEFF KEATE. Liberty December 28, 1946.





3. JACK TIPPIT. American Legion Magazine January,1960.






WOMEN DRIVERS


1. SALO ROTH. Judge June, 1947.





2. LAFE LOCKE. American Legion Magazine December, 1953.





3. NED HILTON. Look Magazine June 6, 1961.






PATENT OFFICE


1. GEORGE GATELY. 1000 Jokes Magazine December-February,1965.




 

2. JOHN MULLIGAN. American Legion Magazine May, 1949.





3. LEO GAREL. 1000 Jokes Magazine Aril-June, 1958.






MARRIAGE COUNSELORS

1. BRAD ANDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post October 15, 1960.




2. BOB BARNES. True Magazine January, 1959.





3. MISCHA RICHTER. Collier’s September 7, 1956.




Wednesday, December 02, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1944 - 1970 Part 1

A while ago I posted some classic gag cartoon clichés.

Well, Dick Buchanan saw that and got to thinking and he started pulling some golden age gag cartoon samples from his tremendous stock of magazines. What follows now and in the coming days is a trove of clichéd cartoons that the internet has never seen before. I am thankful and amazed at these samples Dick has put together for your pleasure. Most of these single panel cartoons have been unseen since their publication!

Thanks -- and take it away, Dick!

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1944 - 1970


Gag cartoon clichés were a staple of every magazine. In the era of the great magazines several appeared in each and every issue. Some were figments of imaginations of the cartooning mind while others were firmly rooted in the everyday lives of the readers.


Many lists have been made to innumerate the cartoon cliché. Each list differs and no list is complete. Gag cartoon clichés are virtually infinite and ever changing. Some have disappeared, falling victim to the evolving enlightenment of civilization while others have vanished with the advancement of technology.


Never one to pass up a time wasting endeavor, I have dipped in my Cartoon Clip File and emerged with a sampling of cartoon clichés from the mid-century.


DESERT ISLAND


1. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty September 9,1944.






2. TON SMITS. Look Magazine November 7,1961.





3. VIRGIL PARTCH. Look Magazine December 9, 1959.







CAVEMEN

1. FRANK MODELL. Collier’s November 23, 1956.




 

2. GARDNER REA. True Magazine March,1948.




 

3. JAN VAN WESSUM. Evergreen Review August 1970.




 

FORTUNE TELLERS


1. MISCHA RICHTER. For Laughing Out Loud July-September,1963.





2. ROY WILLIAMS. Collier’s September 18,1948





3. MIKE WILLIAMS. Punch August 28,1968.







THE PSYCHIATRIST’S COUCH


1. JOHN GALLAGHER. American Legion Magazine. January,1960.





2. ROBERT KRAUS. American Magazine August,1951





3. ORLANDO BUSINO. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.







HUSBANDS READING AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE


1. SYD HOFF. Collier’s January 21,1955.





2. DICK ERICSON. Liberty May 25,1946.





3. DON TOBIN. The Saturday Evening Post September 27,1952.



 

Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Video: Sessions With Stan Lee

Aron Fromm produces and directs this short animated segment (but with real documentary audio) of Stan Lee talking about "the word you can't say." Although he tells us that "I don't say it because I don't say dirty words," Stan Lee then goes on to swear eight times afterwards.


Monday, November 30, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Hodgepodge 1946- 1969

Dick Buchanan has rummaged through his tremendous collection of magazine cartoons in his Greenwich Village apartment and shares a hodgepodge of vintage comic art, unseen these many years. Thank you so much, Dick -- and take it away ....

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GAG CARTOON HODGEPODGE
(1946 – 1969)


The burgeoning Cartoon Clip File, located just around the corner from the Old Joke Cemetery somewhere in New York’s Greenwich Village, is chock full of gag cartoons from mid-20th century magazines. And, yes, the comforting aroma of old magazines and comic books permeate the entire office. This helps to create an eclectic environment which is ideal for rummaging through the gag cartoons which are everywhere. Rummaging day arrived at last and here now is the result of our latest forage, a hodgepodge of certified vintage gag cartoons . . . Take a look!

1. DICK CAVALLI. Cavalli was one cartoonist who didn’t cartoon his way through WWII. He saw combat in France, Luxembourg. and Germany. True July, 1952.

2. JOHN BAILEY. John Bailey was cartoon editor for the Post in the late 1940’s and early ‘50’s. The Saturday Evening Post September 13, 1952.

3. DICK STROME. Some was born in New Mexico and graduated from The Chicago American Academy of Art. The Saturday Evening Post July 1, 1950.

4. BOB WEBER, Sr. Weber was a cartoonist for more than half a century. In 1965 he created the comic strip Moose, which became Moose Miller and, finally, Molly & Moose. This Week Magazine January 19, 1969.

5. JOHNNY HART. Hart was one of only four cartoonists to have two comic strips appearing in over 1000 papers each. American Legion Magazine January, 1959.


 

6. TOM HENDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post June 22, 1946.

7. CHARLES SCHULZ. Before he created Peanuts, Schulz enjoyed a brief but successful stint as a gag cartoonist. The Saturday Evening Post July 8, 1950.

8. CLAUDE. Claude Smith signed his drawings with his first name. This Week Magazine April 13, 1952.

9. STAN & JAN BERENSTAIN. American Legion Magazine September, 1949.

 

10. AL KAUFMAN. After serving in WWII, Kaufman managed a grocery store until becoming a full-time cartoonist in 1946. Kaufman sold this to True Magazine July, 1952.

 11. TOM HUDSON. The Saturday Evening Post June 3, 1950.

12. JACK TIPPIT. Look Magazine March 28, 1961.

13. LEO SALKIN. Salkin, a former animator, was also a gag writer for ventriloquist Paul Winchell’s Jerry Mahoney Show. Liberty Magazine August 3, 1946.

 

14. VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine February, 1950.

15. JACK MARKOW. Markow was a columnist for The Writer’s Digest and authored four cartooning “How To” books. The Saturday Evening Post July 1, 1950.