Friday, July 23, 2021


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 of books is that there is an autobio, accompanied by a self caricature, of most of the contributors.

Above, 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 single panel 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. Ving was a veteran cartoonist who did a lot of gag and syndicated work.

Gene Carr was, according to his Wikipedia entry, doing cartoons for Hearst as a teenager! One of the most early and prolific of newspaper cartoonists.

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.

Brooklyn-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 web 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.

Same with Frank Bevan. Scant information on him on the internet.

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.


-- Edited from a January 6, 2010 blog entry. 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Springfield-Greene County Library District: "Sketches from Springfield: A Cartoon History"

Here is a rarity: a newly produced video presentation on the lives and impact of cartoonists in the Ozarks region of Missouri. This insightful presentation by Konrad Stump, local history associate with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, reminds us of the importance of cartoonists who commented on not just national news, but regional issues as well. 

"Cartoons have been shaping the conversation around Ozarks culture and Springfield happenings for generations. From well-known newspaper cartoonist Bob Palmer and "hillbilly" cartoonist Art Omans, to photographer Betty Love's years-long stint as newspaper staff artist, Local History Associate Konrad Stump explores in this virtual event how these remarkable cartoonists captured history and shares how the Library's archives are preserving their work. 

"This Missouri Bicentennial event is part of a series of programs centered on the "Struggle for Statehood," a traveling exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of Missouri statehood. It was created by the Missouri Humanities Council in partnership with the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri, partners in the Bicentennial Alliance. Support for programming is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit for more information about the traveling exhibit and program series."


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Kurt Westergaard 1935 - 2021


Kurt Westergaard, a Danish cartoonist who is known for his Jyllands-Posten 2005 cartoon of the prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as his turban, died in his sleep after a long illness at the age of 86 on July 14, 2021. 

His cartoon was one of the

"... Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, which triggered several assassinations and committed murders by Islamists around the world, diplomatic conflicts and state-organized riots and attacks on Western embassies with several dead in Muslim countries. After the drawing of the cartoon, Westergaard received numerous death threats and was a target of assassination attempts. As a result, he was under constant police protection."

-- from his Wikipedia page 


From The Guardian:


"Islamic tradition says no image of the prophet should be produced or shown.

"The anger escalated into anti-Danish violence across the Muslim world in 2006 in which dozens died, with Danish embassies attacked, including the one in Damascus which was burned down.

"The violence linked to the cartoons culminated in a 2015 massacre in France that left 12 people dead at the Paris office of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which had reprinted the cartoons in 2012.

"A total of 17 people were murdered across three days in a series of attacks that horrified France. All three assailants were killed in shootouts with the police, leaving only accomplices to face trial.

"Death threats against Westergaard personally eventually forced him into hiding. In 2008 Denmark’s three main newspapers reprinted the cartoon after the arrest of three men for plotting to murder the artist. One was released without charge, another deported and a third sent to an asylum centre.

"In early 2010, Danish police caught a 28-year-old Somalian armed with a knife and axe in Westergaard’s house, where he was planning to kill him."


Via France24:


The Daily Cartoonist



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

From the Dick Buchanan Files: The Old Joke Cemetary

Dick Buchanan has collected some twenty gag cartoon moldy oldies for your amusement. These are all culled from deep in his Greenwich Village cartoon file and are either vintage good or vintage bad jokes, depending upon your disposition. My thanks (?) to the "crackpot cartoon curator" for this! Take it away, Dick! (Honestly, a number of these seemed really funny to me.)


“Where the crab grass blooms again”

Here’s some of the vintage gag cartoons we recently snared in our recent old joke sting. Once captured, the old jokes are dusted off and herded into the Old Joke Cemetery. The best of these, or the worst, depending on your point of view, are displayed here. Rest assured many of these gags are even older than your friendly crackpot cartoon curator. That makes them genuine, certified and vintage. See for yourself . . .

1. CHON DAY. Look Magazine July 22, 1958.


2. BRAD ANDERSON. Look Magazine May 22, 1962.


3. GARDNER REA. True Magazine October, 1949.


4. GLENN BERNHARDT. American Legion Magazine March, 1964.


5. STEVE DUQUETTE. Collier’s April 18, 1953.


6. W. F. BROWN. 1000 Jokes Magazine December, 1956 – February, 1957.


7. JEFF KEATE. The Saturday Evening Post July 22, 1950.


8. AL KAUFMAN. Here! November, 1951.


9. WILLIAM O’BRIAN. Look Magazine July 16, 1963.


10. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post February 23, 1953.


11. ROY FOX. The Saturday Evening Post October 3, 1953.


12. J. G. FARRIS. Look Magazine June 17, 1967.


13. MORT TEMES. The Saturday Evening Post February 26, 1955.


14. BILL YATES. The Saturday Evening Post March 13, 1954.


15. BURR SHAFER. American Magazine April, 1955.


16. MONROE LEUNG. True Magazine April, 1960.


17. HERB WILLIAMS. The Saturday Evening Post April 6, 1957.


18. BOB ZAHN. This Week Magazine January 19, 1969.


19. LARRY REYNOLDS. Look Magazine May 15, 1956.


20. JOHN ART SIBLEY. Collier’s November 2, 1946.