Saturday, May 4, 2013

Great Cartoons of the World, Series Nine

I've skipped ahead mainly because I'm missing some numbers in the series, though here is the one from 1975. I don't have the dust jacket for this one.

The first cartoon is by Adolf Born  photo 5-5-1_zps84785629.jpg Frank Modell for The New Yorker  photo 5-5-2_zps34ab4a2b.jpg Charles Saxon for The New Yorker  photo 5-5-3_zps0c1f26e6.jpg Adolf Born for Dikobraz  photo 5-5-4_zpsd588dbaf.jpg Miroslav Barták for Dikobraz  photo 5-5-5_zpse7beb227.jpg Michael Ffolkes  photo 5-5-6_zps79c61d7d.jpg Ton Smits  photo 5-5-7_zps392e45f1.jpg Robert Day  photo 5-5-8_zps9013288f.jpg The next two are by Jerszy Filsak for Szpilki  photo 5-5-9_zpsde0a0d24.jpg  photo 5-5-10_zps5532800a.jpg Jules Stauber

Update: Photobucket declared the cartoon below to be obscene. Two more from Michael Ffolkes in Punch  photo 5-5-12_zpsbd07dad5.jpg  photo 5-5-13_zps9b5c560c.jpg Here's the first part of the introduction by editor John Bailey:

: The general public only has a hazy notion of the life of a cartoonist. Last week a man asked me how much a cartoonist gets for a cartoon. “Two or three dollars?” he hazarded. Yesterday, a cartoonist told me he is thinking about buying a castle, so it must be more than that.

A cartoonist takes some hard pains to remove the appearance of hard work from his drawing. The finished product has a look of ease. In fact, some of the most successful cartoons look so easy that the reader is under the impression he could do it himself. It is this that leads some readers to ask cartoonists what they do for a living.

When an audience is told too plainly that is going to be made to laugh, the reaction is apt to be “Is that so?” or “We'll see.” Everything must seem casual. The manner of a cartoonist's drawing can be compared to the delivery of a comedian, which is aimed at removing resistance to laughter

More from this book and this introduction next Saturday.

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