Tuesday, September 27, 2022

New England College Institute of Art and Design: Post-Pandemic Themed New Yorker Cover Assignment Spring 2022

One of the projects for the undergrad History of Illustration class I teach at New England College is to create a New Yorker cover. The theme: "Life in a Post-Pandemic World." Here are a few of the results shared with permission:


Aaryn O'Brien:

Alexandra Buciak:

Caroline Cupples:

Charli Perry:

Isabella Del-Orfano:

Isaiah Legette:

Izzy Usle:

Kay Stanley:

From 2021:

New England College Institute of Art and Design: Post-Pandemic Themed New Yorker Cover Assignment

Monday, September 26, 2022

Virgil "VIP" Partch: 1961 BIG GEORGE Tour Part 2

Here's the second 1961 Seattle Times news story on Virgil "VIP" Partch's Northwest tour promoting his syndicated panel "Big George." Phil Interlandi, as well as their spouses, came along for the trip.

 Part one is here.

Left to right: Mrs. Phil Interlandi, Mrs. Virgil E, Partch, and Mrs. George Mucey. Visiting wives look over schedule for Toastmasters International Convention.

July 27, 1961 -- from a Seattle Times news story written by Walli Zimmerman:

Are the men who draw cartoons just as amusing in everyday life? "We think they're pretty funny," two lovely Seattle visitors chimed in unison. And they should know.

They are the women "behind the drawing boards" of Mr. Virgil F, Partch and Mr. Phil Interlandi, noted freelance cartoonists. (In addition to doing freelance work, Mr. Partch is the originator of the syndicated  "Big George" cartoon series which appear in in The Times.)

The wives, as quick-witted as their cartooning husbands, arrived in Seattle yesterday, accompanying their spouses to the 30th annual convention of Toastmasters International, at the Olympic Hotel today through Saturday. The Interlandis are from Laguna Beach, Calif. He is art director of the Toastmasters. Mr. Partch will be a guest speaker at tomorrow's session.

Mrs. Partch, tall and stately, broke into a smile describing "packing problems" for the trip to Seattle from their home in Capistrano Beach, Calif. "It was no problem for Virgil," she said. "He just puts his paper and pencils in a suitcase and announces, 'Well, I'm packed!'"

-- From an original blog entry of 9/23/13.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Virgil "VIP" Partch: 1961 BIG GEORGE Tour Part 1

Some rare photos of the cartoonist Virgil VIP Partch, along with a 1961 Seattle Times article on his syndicated BIG GEORGE panel..

Below: a BIG GEORGE Sundaty page from January 22, 1961 via Ger Apeldoorn.

July 26, 1961:

Big George has come to Seattle.

It probably doesn't need to be said, but Big George is the bombastic, needle-nosed character who appears daily in the pages of the Seattle Times.

BIG GEORGE is the "man" most men would like to be -- including his creator Virgil (Vip) Partch, who is in Seattle too.

Partch and Big George plan to prowl through Seattle checking on Seafair, hydroplanes, the Century 21 Exposition, totem poles and ferryboats.

Big George's reactions to it all will be shown to Times readers in several special cartoons.

Partch was invited to Seattle to address a luncheon of the 30th Annual International Toastmasters Convention Friday. The cartoonist arrived at the Tacoma-Seattle Airport yesterday, accompanied by his wife, Helen. He spoke at a luncheon of the Seattle Rotary Club today.

With the Partches were Mr. and Mrs. Phil Interlandi. Interlandi is a free-lance cartoonist and art director for the Toastmasters.

BIG GEORGE flew into Seattle too, bottled up in Partch's pen, nimble fingers and his humor-seeking eyes. Who, what and why is Big George?

"He has given the American male a shot in the arm," Partch said. "In American humor the male is the fall guy, a goof. We wanted to develop a fellow who occasionally will not end up with the short end of the stick.

"He's a wonderful release. I'd like to be like this guy. I want to have the nerve to tell the waiter to take the steak back, but ...

"He's part of my belief that this is not a matriarchal society, that life is a 50-50 deal."

Bog George was not an overnight inspiration. Something had been tickling Partch's mind for year. That something was Big George.

Big George came to life in a studio built over a garage at Partch's home in Capistrano, California.

A former Seattle cartoonist, Dick Shaw, helps Partch.

Although he has been away since 1922, Partch, 44, feels closer to Seattle than any other city because it is the original home of some well known cartoonists, including Dick Shaw, Irwin Caplan and Hank Ketcham.  Caplan still lives here.

Seattle was familiar to the young Partch, who was reared in Alaska. He was born on St. Paul island, Alaska, where his father was stationed as a Navy radioman.

The cartoonist has been selling his work to national magazines for many years. He became a hero of servicemen during the Second World War for his pen and ink jousting with the military.



MAN THE BEAST Parts onetwothree
Rare illustrations for BY THE NUMBERS
Color TRUE magazine Illustrations
Partch's table gnawing frenzy

-- From an original blog entry of 7/19/12.

Thursday, September 22, 2022


Quick! Before it's officially Autumn ... !

Here are some scans of the cartoons in the Scholastic Paperback SUMMER DAZE, which came out in 1961. It was edited by Ann McGovern and is copyright 1961 by Scholastic Magazines, Inc.

It's a collection of corny riddles and jokes, coupled with a bunch of cartoons. The perfect thing to read on the bus ride to summer camp. Matter of fact, the back cover (reproduced below) advises the young reader that "you'll need jokes in your baggage."

Some of the cartoons are credited to "The Ben Roth Agency." Ben Roth was one of four cartoonist brothers. My cartoonist friend Eli Stein has more about them here. Ben was a busy gag cartoonist who started his own agency, selling cartoons to other markets and abroad. I believe the uncredited page below came from his agency:

The Ben Roth Agency

Joseph Kiernan

Orlando Busino, whose work I love:

Harry Mace, the prolific:

Al Kaufman, who seems to be using a dry brush or a dry-ish pen technique:

Al Kaufman

Maybe my favorite cartoon in the collection, also by Al Kaufman:

Joseph Kiernan

Al Kaufman

Vahan Shirvanian with one that made me smile:

Herb Green

Peter Porges

R.M. Markey with a fun gag, beautifully executed. One of these gag cartoonists that I have not heard of before now! 

My great friend, Don Orehek:

Reg Hider

The Scholastic pitch to form a Book Club!

Al Kaufman provides the back page silent three panel gag:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

"Mutts" Salutes Old Comic Strips

The Reuben Awards were this past weekend and Patrick McDonnell used his comic strip Mutts to honor the old cartoonist masters last week. Here are his dailies. Can you identify these old comic strip characters? I knew you could! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Vintage Gag Cartoons 1935 - 1964

There was a time when all of the major American glossy magazines had single panel gag cartoons. These were read once or twice and, like the magazines themselves, chucked in the garbage many decades ago. Thankfully, Dick Buchanan and his sharp pair of scissors saved thousands. Today, as he has over these past six years, Dick has a batch of N.O.S for you. What is N.O.S? Here's Dick:


(1935 – 1964)

Here’s some N.O.S. That’s “New Old Stuff, in this case the stuff is a collection of more vintage gag cartoons clipped from the pages of the great magazines of the 20th century. Perhaps you’re old enough to have seen these cartoons in the magazines in which they were published. Or maybe you came across some of them later in book collections. Now, of course, these days the main source for all sorts of vintage gag cartoons is the Cartoon Clip File, maintained somewhere in New York’s scenic Greenwich Village. Here are some new additions . . . Take a look.

1. HANK KETCHAM. The Saturday Evening Post May 21, 1949.


2. BILL YATES. The Saturday Evening Post May 2, 1964.


3. ROWLAND WILSON. 1000 Jokes Magazine Spring, 1953.


4. RICHARD TAYLOR. Collier’s April 25, 1942.


5. BEN WICKS. True Magazine June, 1964.


6. BOB BARNES. American Magazine July, 1946.


7. CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post March 16, 1946.


8. LEONARD DOVE. Look Magazine August 25, 1964.


9. NED HILTON. Life Magazine January, 1935.


10. SIVIC (Sid Gordin) This Week Magazine February 17, 1946.


11. EDWIN LEPPER. Collier’s February 19, 1954.


12. AL KAUFMAN. The Saturday Review October 10, 1953.


13. JERRY MARCUS. 1000 Jokes Magazine October 10, 1953.


14. ALBERT BOIME. American Magazine March, 1955.


15. ALEX GRAHAM. Punch July 8, 1953.


16. IRWIN CAPLAN. The Saturday Evening Post May 21, 1949.


17. WALTER GOLDSTEIN. The Saturday Evening Post April 6, 1957.


18. A.E. BEARD. Punch October 14, 1953.