Friday, May 27, 2022

My Mom


My Mom passed away on May 26th. She was a very good Mom and always encouraged my drawing. Even though Dad was a poor graduate student when I was a kid, she figured out how to buy me a drawing pad and other art supplies when I wanted them. She bought me my first bottle of ink and pen nibs. Her death was sudden. She was 85. I had just visited her for a couple of days, and I'm thankful for that now. We last talked on Tuesday. "You're good to call," she said. She told me that her irises were blooming. Her garden in Ohio is always a little ahead of mine in New England, so I said that was good to know since our irises will be blooming soon. Most of our conversations were about what was growing, what birds came to her feeder and how many deer she may have seen at twilight in her backyard the night before.

I won't be doing this blog for a while. It still hasn't hit me.

Jim Morin Gallery Show at the Ogunquit Museum Of American Art -- May 1 - October 31, 2022


From Jim Morin, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Miami Herald:

If anyone is around southern Maine the next few months, I have a show of paintings and drawings at the Ogunquit Museum Of American Art running from May to October. They've put together a wonderful show curated by Martha Kennedy and museum staff. The museum is located just south of Perkins Cove overlooking the Atlantic. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, May 26, 2022

All the Cartoons from Look Magazine July 14, 1964


Here's the post-Kennedy assassination political convention issue of Look Magazine. This is the July 14, 1964 issue and is copyright that year by Cowles Magazines and Broadcasting, Inc.

The cover has a preview of the "new Kennedy painting" by Norman Rockwell, who the year previously had ended his longstanding association with The Saturday Evening Post after 321 cover paintings. He would continue with Look for ten years.

The cartoons here are all by the top fellows in the gag cartoon field, since Look was one of the top markets. (Natch!)

Jack Tippit:

Mischa Richter:

Phil Interlandi:

Harry Mace:

Brother Sebastian by Chon Day:

Butch by Larry Reynolds:

Leonard Dove:

Ton Smits, with a grand gag:

All the Cartoons from LOOK Magazine June 7, 1960
All the Cartoons from THE SATURDAY EVENING POST Dec.28, 1968 - Jan. 11 1969
Video: MAGAZINE MAGIC with Norman Rockwell and Ted Key (1945)

-- Edited from an original April 29, 2014 blog post. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Video: Phil and Frank Interlandi on You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx (1957)

 A cartoon by Phil Interlandi.


Cartoonist brothers Phil and Frank Interlandi appear on this October 24, 1957 segment of You Bet Your Life with host Groucho Marx.

This starts at 10:24 into the program, when the brothers are introduced. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Fred Carter 1938 - 2022


Religious comic book artist Fred Carter passed away on May 8, 2022 at the age of 83. 

Best known for his long association with the Jack Chick religious tracts, or religious comic books, Jack's work was usually unsigned. He worked for Jack Chick from the 1970s until his death. 

Some quotes via DailyCartoonist:

From the Jack Chick Tract Museum Facebook page:

It is our sad duty to report that Fred Carter, the phenomenal artist who drew many of Chick’s tracts and all of The Crusaders comic books (as well as nearly 360 paintings for the “The Light of the World” film) passed away today from a lingering illness. Fred was also a minister as well as an artist… He worked for Chick from the early 1970s up until his death.

From Christianity Today:

He was the close collaborator of Jack Chick, pioneer of the popular evangelistic cartoons known as Chick Tracts. According to Christian Comics International, more than half of Chick Tracts were drawn by Carter.

His life changed in the early 1970s when a friend at church showed him something he had picked up in Chicago: a Chick Tract. It was most likely This Was Your Life or A Demon’s Nightmare, the most popular two titles from the newly founded Chick Publications. Though the style was wildly different than Carter’s—with simply drawn, slightly shaded figures—the 32- or 33-year-old Christian artist felt a thrill of recognition.

“I had always wanted to use art in a Christian setting,” he later said. “I saw it and it impressed me because that’s what I always wanted to do.”

Carter sent Chick a letter and some of his artwork. He moved to California in 1972 and started drawing tracts. A company photo from the following year shows a staff of 19 people. Carter was the only Black person.

“Carter had real chops as a draftsman, fashion sense, & an eye for drama,” Fred Sanders, theology professor at Biola University, wrote on Twitter. “His output was so thoroughly aligned with, & carried along by, Jack Chick’s own project that I can’t tell a bit of difference in their theologies.”


Monday, May 23, 2022

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Humor Vs. Humour Part Two 1941-1960

While the culture between the States and Brits may have similarities, some things are different. Case in point: the sense of humor. Even the way they spell it is different. I remember I drew up a batch of gag cartoons for a British client which they loved. They wanted more so I sent another batch -- which they hated. We both credited that "separated by a common language" cultural difference as the reason why. I sent on a third batch, which they liked even better than the first. I could see no difference between all of these cartoons, but something about a third of them didn't work for them.

Well, let me step out of the way and hand this over to Dick Buchanan, who has a better explanation and some great cartoon examples comparing British Punch cartoon topics with American magazine cartoons. (He did this once before, if you recall.) Thanks and take it away, Dick!



 (1941 – 1960)

A while back the Cartoon Clip revisited the old question “What is the difference between American humor and British humour?”  The Clip File presented clear examples of the difference with a collection of simple cartoons which showed how British and American cartoonists tackle identical subjects. The only conclusion reached was that British cartoonists have a high proclivity to use pseudonyms.   

Feeling more examples may be needed to truly compare and contrast the different approaches to popular topics/tropes/clichés and whatnot, we have delved into The Cartoon Clip File once more and found some splendid cartoons to add to the previous collection, further illuminating, once and for all, the difference between American and British humor. Or so we hope . . . Take a look at these British single joke and American gag cartoons . . . 



FRITZ WILKINSON.  Collier’s  March 15, 1941

SMILBY (Francis Wilford-Smith)  Punch  September 23, 1953.



ERIC PETERS.  Collier’s December 11, 1943.

A.F. WILES.  Punch  October 21, 1953.



L. H.(Lawrie) SIGGS.  Punch Summer Number May 26, 1952.

HANK KETCHAM.  Collier’s  June 8, 1948.



KENNETH MAHOOD.  Punch  September 30, 1953. 

HANK BAEB.  The Saturday Evening Post  November 14, 1953.



DICK ERICSON.  The Saturday Evening Post  June 22, 1957.

KENNETH MAHOOD.  Punch January 28, 1953.



ANTON (Antonia Yeoman).  Punch January 16, 1952.

IRWIN CAPLAN.  The Saturday Evening Post  March 26, 1949.



JACK MARKOW.  This Week Magazine  July 15, 1945.

L. H. (Lawry) SIGGS.  Punch  October 28, 1953.



PHIL INTERLANDI.  Look Magazine April 16, 1957.

MICHAEL FFOLKES (Brian Davis)  Punch August 26, 1953.


IONICUS (Joshua Armitage)  Punch.  Collier’s  April 8, 1950.

DAVID (Dave) HUFFINE.  American Magazine  November, 1944.  



HANK KETCHAM.  Collier’s  April 8, 1950.

HICKEY (George Hickson).  Punch  July 22, 1953.



CHON DAY.  The Saturday Evening Post. October 22, 1960.

ALEC.  Punch  December 20, 1950.


From the Dick Buchanan Files: Humor v. Humour 1947 - 1965

Monday, May 16, 2022

The Garden As Of Mid-May 2022


Some photos from the garden so far this year. Have a good week. I'm away, but will be back soon.

These pics are from my Instagram. If I'm posting this week, I'll post to Instagram.  

Friday, May 13, 2022

From the Dick Buchanan Files: The Old Joke Cemetery: Laugh in Peace 1944- 1965

There's nothing like an old joke. One that makes you groan and laugh at the same time. And really, there are some jokes whose time is up. They're smelling like bad eggs. But not here at this blog, where the Golden Age of Gag Cartooning is alive and well and eliciting those groans and (I hope) a smile. Here's Dick Buchanan with more from the ...


Laugh In Peace 1944 - 1965

The Cartoon Clip File is located in somewhere in New York City’s Greenwich Village, just around the corner from the Old Joke Cemetery. That’s the place where old gags are put to rest. Few tourists ever stumble upon the Old Joke Cemetery. So, imagine our surprise when we arrived there this afternoon to find a flock of them peering over the gate at what they were told was a vacant lot. Assuming the guise of a harmless neighborhood character, I joined them long enough to learn they were part of a Walking Tour of Greenwich Village Curiosities. How curious, indeed. Apparently, in New York, a vacant lot is more of a curiosity than an Old Joke Cemetery. Go figure.

Pursuant to the fine print in the Old Joke Recovery Act of 1953, it is time share a few of the recent gag cartoons recently interred the Old Joke Cemetery. Some will remain there forever. Others just may pop up again some time. Humor is funny like that . .

1. CHARLES SKILES. American Magazine December, 1955.

2. GEORGE WOLFE. Collier’s March 11, 1950.

3. CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post September 13, 1952.

4. GENE CARR. American Magazine October, 1944.

5. BEN ROTH. American Legion Magazine March, 1953.

6. NORMAN HOIFJELD. American Magazine November, 1950.

7. LEO GAREL. The Saturday Evening Post July 10, 1954.

8. HERB GREEN. Argosy Magazine July, 1965.

9. STAN HUNT. Look Magazine March 17, 1960.

10. ROY L. FOX. The Saturday Evening Post January 2, 1960.

11. JOHN RUGE. Colliers July 4, 1953.

12. JOHN SORENSEN The Saturday Evening Post January 29, 1953.

13. W.F. BROWN. 1000 Jokes Magazine Dec, 1957 - Feb, 1958.

14. JACK TIPPIT. Look Magazine January 28, 1964.

15. DON TOBIN. Collier’s February 17, 1951.

16. JACK O’BRIEN. Collier’s October 29, 1954.

17. JEFF KEATE. American Magazine January 1945.

18. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post June 15, 1957.

19. BILL HARRISON. 1000 Jokes Magazine June – August, 1957.

20. HERB WILLIAMS. American Magazine March, 1949.