Friday, June 19, 2009

The PRO Cartoonist & Gagwriter, April 1962

Above "This is an exclusive photo of TV comedienne Carol Burnett receiving the NCS ACE (Amateur Cartoonist Extraordinary) award from Albert Dorne, President of the Famous Artist Schools (left), and Bill "Smokey Stover" Holman, President of the NCS. Carol, now a home-study cartooning student of the Famous Artist Schools, has always wanted to become a cartoonist and do a cartoon strip."

Here is the late Arnold Wagner's prozine The PRO Cartoonist & Gagwriter, Vol. 2 No. 5, April 1962, scanned in its entirety.

The year after this, the ACE Award went to Hugh Hefner, another wannabe cartoonist! Other recipients include Jackie Gleason, Orson Bean, Robert Lansing, Rita Moreno, Ginger Rogers, Al Roker, Denis Leary and, most recently, in 1998, Morley Safer.

I especially enjoyed the Glenn Bernhardt interview (there's a sample of one of his gag cartoons on page 12), as well as the news items like this one on page five:

[Editor] SAM BIERMAN: Is going to run personality pieces similar to what the Satevepost used to run on their back page. One of the first to be used will be DON OREHEK. A talent with know-how because behind DON'S laughing eyes are born those humorous thoughts that will last like stainless steel for today and many tomorrows."


Mark Anderson said...

Love that cover photo!

Rod McKie said...

Very nice, thank you, Mike.

Rachel said...

Thank you, Mike. It's lovely to see people referencing Dad's work.
Rachel (Wagner) Clark