Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Best Cartoons of the Year 1964 Part One

Here's some cartoons from the BEST CARTOONS OF 1964, "being a selection, by the artists themselves, of the best cartoons they drew for the leading magazines in the country for the past year." It's copyright 1964 by the series' long time editor Lawrence Lariar. The nice dustjacket cover has long since been landfill, so here's the frontispiece.

Bob Weber's cartoons are always fun. Full of lowlifes, full of action -- and there's always an old timey bigfoot style cartoon touch to admire. In this case, I'm admiring the little puffs of smoke behind the hubby. This guy gets snaps for escaping the police and running through town without losing his stogie! #priorities

Here's a nice pen scratchy Joe Farris cartoon. It's only by letting my eye wander for a moment, focusing in on what the shrink is looking at, that I was able to see those patient's fingers.

George Dole is one of the greats. I like his wide-eyed characters and easy, quick sketch style.

I like how the kid's hand is at his hip. So theatrical. Bo Brown has made a good point.

Jack Tippit with a prescient cartoon. Lariar wrote in his introduction that, "The past year may well go down in history as The Year of the Unleashed Libido." Uh oh. This cartoon certainly qualifies.

Arthur Henrickson with an early raw food market cartoon.

The one and only Don Orehek with a dopey cop. Note how his black spotting gets your eye bouncing between the 4 "Budapest String Quartet members" and the foreground. Don is a master at layout.

Vahan Shirvanian gives us a 2 panel take on an old idea. I laughed at it. Maybe you saw it coming, but I didn't!

Do kids even know what a divining rod is? Here's another multi-panel by Jack Tippit. You can never have enough Tippit.

Michaud made me laugh out loud. Another "Year of the Libido" cartoon, for those who are counting! Look at the lovely little details of the room, and that easy, sweeping wash.

Jim Whiting reporting on the wild, drunken parties. Nowadays, a quick phone call from one of the kids' cell phones to Child Protective Services would bring about a swift end to this behavior!

This is maybe a dated and silly gag, but look at the composition: a sea of frowns as we look from left to right -- and then we see the exception, and read the gag line. All done in an economic 2-3 seconds.

-- Edited from an original blog entry of May 30, 2008.

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