Saturday, May 18, 2013


This is more from the book Great Cartoons of the World, Series 9 from 1975.

Stanislav Holý  photo 5-18-1_zpseebd5cdc.jpg Mike Williams for Punch  photo 5-18-2_zps52a77c75.jpg Tony Munzlinger  photo 5-18-3_zpsd9637833.jpg Barney Tobey  photo 5-18-4_zpsa045702c.jpg Sven Aagaard  photo 5-18-5_zps1b1c4cd9.jpg Adolf Born  photo 5-18-6_zps11ffe6a5.jpg Mischa Richter for The New Yorker  photo 5-18-7_zps6a21b4ae.jpg Boris Drucker  photo 5-18-8_zpsdf2a6cd6.jpg Jerszy Flisak for Szpilki  photo 5-18-9_zps23c3d4f2.jpg Jules Stauber  photo 5-18-10_zpsb74d5169.jpg Alex Graham for Punch  photo 5-18-11_zps40bafab9.jpg Mike Williams for Punch  photo 5-18-12_zps06bbc090.jpg These two pages are by Terrence “Larry” Parkes  photo 5-18-13_zpsfe05a13d.jpg  photo 5-18-14_zpsd91f3869.jpg Continuing with the introduction:

”The cartoonist is required to make fresh comments on life in a climate that doesn't encourage individuality. Jackie Mason was banished. Mort Sahl was banished. Jerry Lewis was quashed. Don Rickles has to say he doesn't mean it. Television was responsible for a kind of uniformity of life which results in a kind of humor which begins, “Did you see Reasoner the other night?”

“In spite of this it is still possible to learn the craft. Burlesque, vaudeville, and most cartoon markets are gone, but if one turns on the television set too soon, and gets Merv Griffin while waiting to watch Cannon, one sees unheard-of comics, or a new cartoonist appearing in the pages of The New Yorker.

“The cartoonist who has the ability to keep his finger on the pulse of life is in no trouble, but he must make subtle and continual changes in his work. If he is not influenced by sculpture and film he is done for, like the woman who was well-dressed in 1950 and insists on wearing the same fashion in 1975, or the actor that is still thrashing around in TV, projecting the same thing he did on the stage two decades ago.

Dorothy Parker said that a cartoonist needs a disciplined eye and a wild mind. I can vouch for the latter. Three cartoonists of my acquaintance, all of whom live in Connecticut, had taken the same train home after showing their sketches to The New Yorker. At the first stop a man across the aisle got up and left the train. When the train had started again, they noticed he left a package in the baggage rack. They opened the package and saw that it contained a cake. They agreed that the cake would be stale before they could locate the owner and decided to eat it. They had broken the cake into sections and were eating it when the man came back. He had been to the washroom.

“Freud Would Have been pleased at the amount of psychic energy released.”

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