Friday, July 12, 2024

Back to the Local Drawings by Edward Ardizzone


Back to the Local, by Maurice Gorham, was first published in 1938 and was a celebration of the habit of going to your local London pub. The illustrations were by the great Edward Ardizzone.

"In his foreword to ‘Back to the Local’ Maurice Gorham explains that the life of the original book came to an end during the war when ‘unsold copies, sheets, and plates of the drawings went up together in the burning of Cassell’s premises in Belle Sauvage Yard’. After the war, Gorham and Ardizzone revisited the subject. Ardizzone re-drew some of his original illustrations and added some more, and Gorham re-wrote his text to take into account the many changes to pubs and pub going since the end of the war. (At the time of writing beer was still being rationed). In his introductory essay he explains that during the war visiting one’s local was one of the habits that Londoners missed most: 

"‘Whether they were parching in the desert, evacuated with their jobs to unfamiliar seaside towns or country villages or inland spas, or merely working the night shift, many of them would be thinking and talking mainly about the time when they would again be able to drop into the old friendly local and have a pint or two among their friends.'" -- The Silver Locket

The book will be reprinted in the States soon, and is already out in the UK. The Silver Locket again:

"‘Back to the Local’, this new edition published by Faber & Faber Ltd in 2024, with an new preface by Robert Elms, and a map featuring the pubs still open for business today by Emily Faccini.

"You can buy a copy direct from Faber and receive a free beer mat featuring the cover, designed by Pete Adlington, Faber’s Art Director."


Here are some of the Ardizzone drawings from Back to the Local:


This new edition has a map on the back of the cover showing 65 pubs still open today. Designed by Emily Faccini.


What with a lot of Ardizzone's published work going out of print, it was such happy news to hear of this new reprint edition returning to bookstores.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

New Yorker Cartoonist Mort Gerberg Profiled by New Yorker Cartoonist Sofia Warren


If you have read The New Yorker any time since 1965, you have seem Mort Gerberg's cartoons. At 93, he's still producing cartoons regularly, and he was recently visited by Sofia Warren, who writes a profile of him (and draws a profile; see below) for the Magazine. 

During the 1980s. Mort taught a how-to-cartoon course for The New School. I was one of his students back then. Until now, I had not thought about it, but I have known Mort, first as a teacher and then as a colleague, for over thirty years. Mort is a master cartoonist and his 2019 retrospective at the New-York Historical Society was a fitting tribute to a fellow who has chronicled more than half a century.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Video Tour of New Gallery Show Kirbyvision: A Tribute to Jack Kirby at the Corey Helford Gallery in East Los Angeles


There is a Jack Kirby exhibit From June 29th to August 3rd, 2024 at the Corey Helford Gallery in East Los Angeles. If you would like to see what it's about, Matt Jones has taken a great video of what's there. Thanks, Matt! 


Tuesday, July 09, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés Part 10 1949 - 1966

Wow! Here's another batch of gag cartoon clichés that have been collected over the years by our friend Dick Buchanan. Thanks, Dick. And don't forget to look at all of the other clichés that Dick has cataloged. Including this entry, there are now fifty magazine cartoon clichés, with 150 samples. My goodness! A feast.

And here's the latest! Thanks, Dick!


(1949 - 1966)

Cartoon Clip File Cliché Compendium continues the task of surveying gag cartoon clichés prevalent during the mid-20th Century. Haphazardly culled from the leading magazines of the era, these gag cartoons illustrate cartoonist’s attempts to add a new twist to an old situation. Sometimes they were inspired, other times they fell flat into the same old rut that begat the cliché in the first place.
It was all in fun.


1. DAN DANGLO. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1956.

2. VAHAN SHIRVANIAN. 1000 Jokes Magazine December, 1959-February, 1960.

3. AL JOHNS. The Saturday Evening Post. October 10, 1959.


1. JOHN DEMPSEY. 1000 Jokes Magazine August-October, 1954.

2. REAMER KELLER. Collier’s March 28, 1953.

3. HERB WILLIAMS. American Magazine February, 1949.


1. ROBERT DAY. Collier’s September 25, 1948.

2. HANK KETCHAM. Collier’s July 2, 1949.

3. AL JOHNS. The Saturday Evening Post October 10, 1959.


1. DICK ERICSON. 1000 Jokes Magazine December 1965-February, 1966.

2. GUSTAV LUNDBERG. 1000 Jokes Magazine May-July, 1955.

3. VIRGIL PARTCH. True Magazine November, 1956.


1. ROBERT DAY. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

2. CLYDE LAMB. American Legion Magazine November, 1953.

3. VAHAN SHIRVANIAN. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1958.

Monday, July 08, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés Part 9 1937 - 1968

Courtesy of the massive gag cartoon clip files of Dick Buchanan, here are some more gag cartoon clichés. This is part nine of this study. NINE!! And one more to come. My goodness! My thanks to him for this and -- take it away, Mr. B:


(1937 - 1968)

The Cartoon Clip File continues the task of surveying gag cartoon clichés prevalent during the mid-20th Century. We began compiling this illustrated list when confronted with a list of 100 Gag Cartoon clichés more than a year ago. Over time we have used this list as a guide, finding typical examples of gag cartoons from the great magazines of the era. Our research also uncovered several examples of clichés which were not on the list so we have added them to this accounting, creating the Cartoon Clip File Cliché Compendium. Here is the latest installment . . .


1. CLYDE LAMB. 1000 Jokes Magazine August-October, 1954.

2. ELMER ATKINS. Collier’s April 16, 1954.

3. GARDNER REA. 1000 Jokes Magazine March-May, 1964.


1. ORLANDO BUSINO. Boys’ Life November, 1968.

2. CLYDE LAMB. American Legion Magazine December, 1953.

3. A.F. WILES. Punch July 2, 1958.


1. BILL YATES. American Legion Magazine January, 1956.

2. GEORGE CRENSHAW. 1000 Jokes Magazine Winter, 1950.

3. ROBERT CHURCHILL. The Saturday Evening Post February 24, 1951.


1. PERRY BARLOW. Collier’s June 2, 1937.

2. SALO ROTH. The Saturday Evening Post July 30, 1949.

3. ROLAND COE. Collier’s August 1, 1942.


1. REAMER KELLER. Judge March, 1947.

2. GEORGE DOLE. The Saturday Evening Post August 28, 1965.

3. BOB WEBER. True August, 1962.

Friday, July 05, 2024

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés Part 8 1946 - 1956

Once again, Dick Buchanan has ventured forth into his Greenwich Village apartment and retrieved some golden age of gag cartooning clichés for our viewing enjoyment. I give thanks to Dick for collecting these single panel gems through the years, and gifting them with us over a half a century since they first saw print.

Take it away, Dick!


Part Eight: 1946 – 1956

Here is another installment (eight of ten ... so far) of GAG CARTOONS CLICHÉS from the Golden Age of clichés, selected in the from the Dick Buchanan Cartoon Clip File . . .


1. STAN GOMBERG, The Saturday Evening Post December 8, 1951.

2. WALT WETTERBERG. The Saturday Evening Post January 13, 1951.

3. VIRGIL PARTCH.  Collier’s October 9, 1948.


1. DON CHRISTENSEN.  Liberty August 3, 1946.

2. FRED LEVINSON.  The Saturday Evening Post  June 11, 1956.

3. MELL LAZARUS. The Saturday Evening Post  January 27, 1951.


1. KIRK STILES.  American Legion Magazine  March, 1947.

2. SALO ROTH.  The Saturday Evening Post  November 29, 1949.

3. DICK CAVALLI.  1000 Jokes Magazine  November, 1954 – January, 1955.


1. DICK CAVALLI.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 21, 1953.

2. RAY HELLE.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 1, 1949.

3. GEORGE PRICE.  Collier’s  December 1946.

1. SYDNEY HOFF.  1000 Jokes Magazine  Fall, 1953.

2. AL KAUFMAN. The Saturday Evening Post June 5, 1954.

3. REAMER KELLER.  The Saturday Evening Post  January 31, 1948.