Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Dick Buchanan's Favorite Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan sends an email and some choice cartoons that he likes the best. Thanks, Dick -- and everyone: sit back and enjoy these great gag cartoons:



1946 - 1964

Every once in awhile some asks me what some of my favorite cartoons are.  It’s usually me that asks--I talk to myself a lot.  But since the subject came up, I thought I we might take the opportunity to choose a few cartoons from the Clip File that are among my favorites. More mid-century mirth from some great cartoonists.

1. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s February 16, 1946.

2. MELL LARAZUS. The Saturday Evening Post June 20, 1950.

3. SAM COBEAN. Take it from a guy who was actually a kid in 1947, NOBODY had
A haircut like that kid’s. Collier’s May 17, 1947.

4. SIDNEY HARRIS. 1000 Jokes Magazine
 March-May, 1965.

5. JOHN DEMPSEY. 1000 Jokes Magazine February-March, 1955.

6. JARO FABRY. Collier’s June 5,1948.

7.  TOM HENDERSON. The Saturday Evening Post June 17, 1961.

8. JOHN JARVIS. Collier’s August 21,1948.

9. LEW FOLLETTE. Liberty Magazine June 8,1946.

10. JERRY MARCUS.  American Legion Magazine  February, 1956.

11. IRWIN CAPLAN.  American Legion Magazine July,1946.

12. CLYDE LAMB. Boy’s Life January 1951.

13. TRACHTENBERG.  Collier’s August 21, 1948

14. MARTHA BLANCHARD. 1000 Jokes Magazine September-November, 1964.

15. CHARLES RODRIGUES. Cartoons & Gags  August,1960.

More from the great gag cartoon collection of Dick Buchanan:

From the Dick Buchanan Files: More 1960s Cartoons from PUNCH

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Even More Color Cartoons 1940 - 1956

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "Captions? Who Needs 'Em?" Wordless Gag Cartoons 1947 – 1970

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Orlando Busino Gag Cartoons 1956 - 1966

From the Dick Buchanan Files: CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, "a 1955 rag for cartoonists by cartoonists"

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Magazine Cartoons from Life and Judge 1931 - 38

From the Dick Buchanan Files: June 1953 Cartoonist's Market Newsletter

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: More Mid-Century Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Color Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1956

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64


Allan Holtz said...

Boy do I feel dumb. #13 is one of Dick Buchanan's favorite cartoons, and I've just spent 5 minutes staring at it, stubbornly unable to decode the gag. If it was a New Yorker cartoon, I'd put it down to my being a troglodyte. But I don't have that easy out.

I know how deadly it is to explain a gag, but ... could you ... please?????

Allan Holtz
Stripper's Guide

Dick Buchanan said...

Simply, it's a one man exhibition and there is only one piece of art, of a lone man. Perhaps not funny, but amusing maybe--I chose this cartoon to further my goal of presenting at least one cartoon by as many different cartoonists that I can. (So far that's more than 150 cartoonists)

Dick Buchanan

Allan Holtz said...

Hmm. I considered that explanation, but discarded it because we can see that there are at least three more paintings hung in the next room of the gallery. To make the gag work, we must assume that they represent a separate exhibit -- which makes it by definition not a one-man show. The cartoonist has shot the effectiveness of the cartoon in the foot by forcing the viewer to make totally irrelevant and unnecessary judgments. If that had just been a blank wall the gag would have been obvious, effective, and the lack of that extra room would not detract from the gag as far as I can tell.

Okay, so now that I've successfully killed all the humor in the room, my work here is done.

Best, Allan Holtz