Wednesday, January 06, 2010


Here are a few scans from BEST CARTOONS OF THE YEAR 1944, edited by Lawrence Lariar (natch!) and copyright 1944 by same.

The nice thing about the first few years of the BEST CARTOON series is that there is an autobio, accompanied by a self caricature, of most of the contributors.

Dave Gerard was part of what was called the "Sugar Crick Art School" — a term for a group of Crawfordsville, Indiana area artists, the most famous of which would be Bill Holman.

The one and only Al Ross, one of four brothers, all of whom were successful gag cartoonists.

Early Ross cartoons are very illustrative, with a flowing, strong ink line. His later cartoons are wonderfully sketchy.

Above: the word "sipsies" is always funny. A Virgil VIP Partch at the top of the page, while a rare and risque Lariar cartoon is at the bottom.

More VIP, and another one by Al Ross.

Mary Gibson was one of the handful of female cartoonists.

Colin Allen is another cartoonist whose work I see but know little about. Love this overcrowding cartoon. This guy could draw!

Charles Allen was not only a fine draftsman, but also an African American cartoonist.

Dave Huffine lived in the Catskills and was married to a painter, Ruth Huffine. Dave assisted Denys Wortman before going solo.

This was the first time I saw Ving Fuller's cartoons and I really enjoyed them. Vig was a veteran cartoonist who did a lot of gag and syndicated work.

Cartoonist was, according to his Wikipedia entry, doing cartoons for Hearst at the age of 15!

Salo and Ben Roth, were 2 of the 4 Roth brothers. See Eli Stein Cartoons for more info!

Reamer Keller is one of my favorites. There is a happiness to his lines and I always like seeing his cartoons. He is a fearless drawer.

Brroklyn-born Leo Garel was one of the most prolific gag cartoonists around.

Virgil VIP Partch is one cartoonist who is getting more and more popular as people on the Internet discover him.

Ed Nofziger drew the best animals.

Greg D'Alessio was so very illustrative. He was married to Hilda Terry.

Leo Salkin's work reminds me of VIP's.

Merrylen Townsend -- another rare female cartoonist. I have no further information on her and wish I had.

Ditto Frank Bevan.

Ted key, who wrote screenplays and created Hazel. A prolific, smart guy.

4 time NCS Gag Cartoon Division Award winner George Wolfe.

Burr Shafer. I used to study his strong inking style.

Vic Herman created "Winnie the Wac" and drew Little Dot for Harvey Comics.


maura said...

great post! these are really great to see. i really like the caricatures of the cartoonists. a wonderful addition to the page.

Blake_Parker said...

World War II was a strange time

P.L. Frederick said...

What a great old book. Thanks for sharing its pages. This is the first I remember seeing of Reamer Keller's work. His lines are so active and sketchy. I'm just gonna have to do more lookin' at his stuff.