Friday, October 11, 2019

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Color Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1957

Dick Buchanan has kindly scanned in some rare and funny examples of color vintage single panel cartoons from his huge collection. I think these are particularly good ones, drawn by those golden age gag cartoon masters. And, just to point out an oddity, look for two cartoons regarding pregnancy and the game of bridge! Crazy!

Thanks so much, and here's Dick:


(1947 – 1957)

It’s time once more for another installment of Color Gag Cartoons. This group includes some especially fine specimens . . .

1.  ED NOFZIGER.  Nofziger had a very loose, whimsical drawing style. He was considered to be one of the finest cartoonists of animals. The Saturday Evening Post  March 5, 1949.

2.  JOHN ALBANO.  The Saturday Evening Post  February 23, 1957.

3.  JERRY MARCUS.  The Saturday Evening Post  May 18, 1957.

4.  BILL HARRISON.  American Magazine April, 1952.

 5.  HARRY LYONS.  The Saturday Evening Post  April 13, 1957.

6.  LARRY REYNOLDS.  Collier’s  October 29, 1954.

7.  MERVYN WILSON.  Wilson was a Punch cartoonist and cover artist. Punch  October, 1947. 

8.  JACK MARKOW.  Markow taught cartooning at the School of Visual Arts, wrote 4 “How-to” books on cartooning and gag writing and for 15 years wrote a cartooning column for Writer’s Digest.  He received the National Cartoonist Society’s Gag Cartoon Award in 1979. The Saturday Evening Post  February 26, 1949.

9.  LESLIE STARKE.  Popular Punch cartoonist Starke’s work also appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire and Collier’s.  The Saturday Evening Post  November 5, 1949.

10.  KATE OSANN.  When Tizzy first appeared in Collier’s, her hair was red. She was a blonde when the cartoon became a NEA syndicated gag panel. In the Tizzy paperback her hair was black. Collier’s October 29, 1954.

11.  BORIS DRUCKER.  The Saturday Evening Post  September 1, 1949.

12.  CY OLSON.  Olson ‘s syndicated gag panel, Office Hours, ran from 1960 to 1974.  American Magazine  December, 1952.

13.  FRANK BEAVEN.  Esquire  April, 1947.

14.  RODNEY de SARRO.  De Sarro’s unique art deco style earned him three early appearances in The New Yorker (1943-44) His work appeared frequently in The Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s. The Saturday Evening Post  February 16, 1946.

15.  STANLEY & JANICE BERENSTAIN.  The Saturday Evening Post  March 5, 1949.

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