Stephen Kroninger
But enough about me

Rick Meyerowitz hand-signed original "The Mona Gorilla" Poster

We're having a Fundraiser at The ToonSeum to raise $$ for our new educational programs...A donation of $200 gets you this rare 1971 poster of The National Lampoon’s most famous image, Mona Gorilla, signed by its artist Rick Meyerowitz!  The poster is in great shape for something that is more than 45 year old, with just a small tear toward the middle on the right hand side in the black border.  It’s barely noticeable and could be covered up by framing.
Suitable for framing and hanging in your home or office.  Measures: 28 X 21 inches.
(note: the image directly above is downloaded from the internet and not the signed poster----it's just kike it but signed)

The poster in my studio being packed up to be shipped off to the Toonseum
Rick Meyerowitz writes about "The Mona Gorilla."
"In January, 1971, Doug Kenney and Henry Beard visited me in my Chinatown loft. We opened a few beers, sat on an old velvet covered couch, and talked about possible projects we could do together. I’d been a steady contributor to the Lampoon during its first year and the three of us had become friends. It is rare in anyone’s life that he finds himself in the company of two geniuses at the same time, but there I was. Doug said they were working on an issue that would feature the Undiscovered Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, which he was writing in made-up Italian. He wondered if I could come up with something “Leonardo-ish” for the cover.I don’t know where it came from – I was pouring a beer and reaching for some pretzels – but I answered, “How about the Mona Lisa as a gorilla?” Still talking to myself, I said, “nah, too sophomoric.” When I looked up, Henry was laughing and choking on his pipe; little bursts of ragged smoke surrounded his head. Doug stood up and raised both hands in the air. He plopped down on the arm of my old couch and the entire arm collapsed to the left, shredding wood, ripping velvet, and landing in a pile on the floor with Doug on top. He was laughing so hard tears were running down his cheeks. Up to that point, I’d never had that kind of reaction to anything I’d ever said in my life. Try as I might, I couldn’t talk them out of it. So, resigned to my fate – doing yet another sophomoric piece of art – we walked the five floors to the street and around the corner to Hong Wah at 8 Bowery (alas, long gone). At dinner, we continued the mood from upstairs. I think we laughed until we all choked, or maybe that was the food.After dinner Doug and Henry caught a cab uptown. I gave Doug ten dollars to pay for it. It wasn’t the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last. When I look back on those days, I think it was a privilege to have been there with them, and I would gladly pay that ten bucks anytime to have dinner with them again.
I did the painting soon after that and was surprised that it turned out so amazingly beautiful. I’d always drawn funny, not beautiful. I believe some of the credit may have to go to Leonardo, who painted such a nice painting in the first place, but I don’t think he needs any more credit than he already has so I’ll keep what I get.
My worries about being pegged forever as that sophomoric artist never materialized; at least they never materialized over this painting. The cover was a huge success. Posters and T-shirts were made that kept selling for many years. The Mona Gorilla became the National Lampoon’s mascot and appeared in many forms, exhibitions, and publications. I am very pleased that one critic called it “maybe the best Mona Lisa parody ever, and another said it was “one of the enduring icons of American humor.” How could I argue with that?"

There's EVEN more art being offered in the fundraiser at the Toonseum website!
I Can Draw! Toonseum Fundraiser

Oliver W. Harrington 1912 -1995

 This post celebrates the work Oliver W. Harrington. I included the Times obituary below to offer some biography but, as always, I like to let the artist speak for himself by presenting their art. The bulk of these images come from Dark Laughter: The Satiric Art of Oliver W. Harrington. "Most of the Bootsie cartoons derive from the late 1950s and 1960s...and the color cartoons were published in East German magazines during the 1970s and 1980s." There are many more in the book including a section featuring several covering the Reagan era. It's well worth the 25 bucks and a place on your bookshelf.
"Oliver W. Harrington began his career as a cartoonist when there were few blacks in that profession. His friend, the writer Langston Hughes, called him America's most popular black cartoonist and a first-rate social satirist.

Cartoons featuring Bootsie, a black man whom Mr. Harrington described in a 1964 book as "a jolly, rather well-fed but soulful character," appeared in The Amsterdam News in New York City, in The Pittsburgh Courier and elsewhere. Sometimes Bootsie is only an offstage presence: in one cartoon, two children peer out a tenement window at a robin.

The boy says: "Oooh, look, Sis, a robin red breast, and it must be spring. Do you reckon Uncle Bootsie was lying when he said spring comes three weeks earlier over 'cross town where the white folks live?"

In a chapter that Mr. Harrington contributed to the 1964 book "Harlem, U.S.A.," he recalled that Bootsie was born in 1936, after the editor of The Amsterdam News had hired him as a temporary cartoonist.

"Luckily, not much imagination was needed for the job," Mr. Harrington wrote. "I simply recorded the almost unbelievable but hilarious chaos around me and came up with a character. It seems that one of the local numbers runners dug my cartoon, and nobody covers as much Harlem territory as the numbers man. And so the cartoon's popularity grew by word of his mouth, which was very big."

The newspaper's city editor named the character Bootsie, andMr. Harrington recalled, "I was more surprised than anyone when Brother Bootsie became a Harlem household celebrity." Besides Mr. Hughes, Mr. Harrington was a friend of other writers who were part of what became known as the Harlem Renaissance, including Arna Bontemps and Rudolph Fisher.

Mel Watkins wrote in The New York Times Book Review in 1993: "Mr. Harrington is a gifted painter and fine artist. His drawings, unlike those of many cartoonists, often transcend mere caricature even as they convey the impressionistic vigor and ironic thrust demanded by the genre. As his essays and cartoons demonstrate, much of his life and work was shaped by outrage at the way he and other blacks were treated."

His criticism of what he called nationwide apathy about legislation against lynching came under scrutiny from the F.B.I. during the McCarthy era. Mr. Harrington left the United States and lived for some years in Paris, where he was part of a group of black American expatriates that included the authors Richard Wright and Chester Himes.

During his years abroad, he wrote articles for American periodicals. A collection of those articles, "Why I Left America: And Other Essays," edited by M. Thomas Inge, was published by University Press of Mississippi in 1993, as was the book "Dark Laughter: The Satiric Art of Oliver W. Harrington," also edited by Professor Inge, of Randolph-Macon College.

"Dark Laughter" contained some of Mr. Harrington's best artwork from the six decades beginning with the 1930's, including much Bootsie cartoon work. It also featured what Mr. Watkins, reviewing both books jointly in The Times, called "the more openly satiric political cartoons" that Mr. Harrington produced for publications in East Germany and elsewhere.

Mr. Harrington was born in Valhalla, N.Y., and was reared mostly in the South Bronx. He became interested in cartooning as a schoolboy, he later recalled, when he drew caricatures of a teacher whom he considered a bigot.

He went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Yale University, then studied at the National Academy of Design. He also worked in public relations for the N.A.A.C.P. and served as art editor of The People's Voice."
---- source, New York Times, November 7, 1995


caption: "Now I aint so sure I wanna get educated!‘ (1963)










Gershwin/Glaser 1960













































Friedman/Kroninger RADIO
Frank Sinatra by Sam Berman

Listen to Drew Friedman and Stephen Kroninger live online this coming Monday at 12.40 PM (EST), on WNYC's Leonard Lopate show as they discuss their upcoming presentation on Forgotten Caricaturists: THE LEONARD LOPATE SHOW
Join us at the Society of Illustrators on May 6th for an entertaining visual presentation discussing and celebrating the long forgotten works of Al Freuh, Einar Nerman, William Auerbach-Levy, Lou Hirshman, Jacques Kapralik, Alex Gard, Sam Berman, George Wachsteter, Alan Jedla, Abel Ianiro, Bill Utterback and John Johns.
$15 Non-Members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors/students (Undergraduate only)

Grab a drink before the lecture at the Society's Happy Hour held in the third floor Dining Room.  The bar will also be open following the lecture, and will be serving specialty cocktails and a small plates buffet.  
About the Artists
Award winning artist Drew Friedman's comics and illustrations have appeared in Art Spiegelman's Raw, R. Crumb's Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, etc, as well as creating numerous book, CD and DVD covers. His work has been collected in five anthologies. Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks was published in 2011. Steven Heller in the The New York Times wrote of his three volumes of portraiture of Old Jewish Comedians: "A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt". The Society of Illustrators hosted a showing of his Old Jewish Comedians artwork in 2014. His latest book of portraits, Heroes of the Comics, was published by Fantagraphics with a foreword by Al Jaffee. The sequel More Heroes of the Comics is due out in 2016. Friedman lives in PA with his wife and frequent collaborator K. Bidus.

Stephen Kroninger's collages have appeared in nearly every major newspaper and magazine in the United States, as well as in many publications around the world. His work was the subject of an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the only time the museum devoted a one-person show to an illustrator. His art can be found in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. Kroninger is also the author/illustrator of three award-winning children's books. He created animation for an exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He recently received a gold medal and the Stevan Dohanos Award from the Society of Illustrators.
Benito Mussolini by Louis Hirshman

Through some incredible sleuthing we have been in contact with Hirshman's son who has provided us with close to twenty color photograph's of his father's work for this event. Some, including this Mussolini, haven't been seen in nearly eighty years. His son asked that I not post the photos online so if you want to see the work in color you'll have to attend our talk on Wednesday evening beginning at 6:30. Hope to see you there.
Fear of Art conference Feb 12-13
Ai Wei Wei

The entire conference is video archived here The Fear of Art: 32nd Social Research Conference on Livestream
The New School
66 West 12th Street
The Center for Public Scholarship presents a public conference on The Fear of Art. Artists are imprisoned and exiled. Art continues to be banned and destroyed. This is evidence of the power of images to unsettle, to speak truth to power, to question our cherished cultural norms and our ideas about what is sacred. Join artists, scholars, and museum directors to discuss the power of art and the importance of advocating for art, artists, and freedom of expression. The conference has been made possible with generous support from Agnes Gund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Ford Foundation, ArteEast, and Larry Warsh. The conference is co-sponsored by The Vera List Center for Art and Politics, PEN American Center, and the India China Institute at The New School.
Conference Program

Thursday, February 12, 2015 

10:00–11:30 a.m.
Session 1: Attack on Charlie Hebdo: "Fear of Art" Enacted

Ben Katchor, Associate Professor at Parsons, The New School for Design; contributes picture-stories to Metropolis magazine; author, Hand-Drying in America and other stories (2013)
Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian cartoonist, journalist, and blogger
Saadia Toor, Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology, College of Staten Island; author, The State of Islam: Culture and Cold War Politics in Pakistan (2011)
Alexandra Zsigmond, Deputy Art Director for the Opinion Section, the New York Times
Moderator: Victor S. Navasky, editor, publisher, and publisher emeritus of The Nation; George Delacorte Professor of Magazine Journalism; Director of Delacorte Center of Magazines; Chair of the Columbia Journalism Review, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism; author, The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Evolutionary Power (2013)
12:00–2:00 p.m.
Session 2: Reflections on Art Censorship and Banning

A. “Degenerate Art” in Nazi Germany
Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg; curator, “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” exhibition at the Neue Galerie, March 13–June 30, 2014
B. Artist as Collaborator with Totalitarian Regimes
Emily Braun, Distinguished Professor, Director of the Art History Program, Deputy Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College and the Graduate Center
C. Banning, Censorship, Defamation, and Destruction
David Freedberg, Pierre Matisse Professor of the History of Art and Director of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Moderator: Agnes Gund, philanthropist, art and arts education patron and collector; President Emerita, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); Chairman, MoMA PS1; founder, Studio in a School
2:15-3:45 p.m. 
Session 3: Activist Art

Ricardo Dominguez, artist, co-founder, the Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT); Associate Professor of Visual Arts, University of California San Diego
Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University; co-founder, School for Creative Activism; Co-director, Center for Artistic Activism
Moderator: Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN American Center
4:00-5:30 p.m.
Session 4: The Potency of Art

Holland Cotter, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic, the New York Times
Paul Chan, artist
Moderator: Carin Kuoni, Director, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, The New School for Public Engagement
6:00-7:30 p.m. 
Session 5: 
The Censorship of Artists: Artists in Prison, Artists in Exile
Ai Weiwei, Chinese contemporary artist and political activist
(via a video made for the conference funded by Agnes Gund and Larry Warsh)
Followed by a panel discussion:
Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden 
Ethan Cohen, founder, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, specializing in Chinese contemporary art
Minky Worden, Director of Global Initiatives, Human Rights Watch
Moderator: Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Friday, February 13, 2015

10:00–11:30 a.m. 
Tour of Site-Specific Works from the New School Art Collection
Begins in the Orozco Room at 66 West 12th Street, 7th floor
Works include Jose Clemente Orozco's historic 1931 New School mural cycle, “A Call to Revolution and Table of Universal Brotherhood” as well as other installations throughout the university's public spaces by Camilo Egas, Alfredo Jaar, Sol Le Witt, Dave Muller, Martin Puryear, Michael van Valkenburgh, Brian Tolle, and Kara Walker.
Guide: Silvia Rocciolo, Curator, The New School Art Collection
11:30-1:00 p.m. 
Session 6: Artists at Risk/Artists in Exile
Chaw Ei Thein, Burmese multimedia artist
Naila Al Atrash, Syrian director, human rights activist
Moderator: Elzbieta Matynia, Associate Professor of Sociology and Liberal Studies, Director of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, The New School for Social Research
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session 7: Censorship and Self-Exile

Shirin Neshat, Iranian visual artist and filmmaker 
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestine Museum; former Director, Sharjah Art Foundation
Moderator: László Jakab Orsós, World Voices Festival and Public Programs Director, PEN America
4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Session 8: Who Does the Policing? What Is the Role of Self-Censorship?
Jeffrey Deitch, American art dealer and curator who served as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) between 2010 and 2013
Boris Groys, Global Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, Department of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University 
Jack Persekian, Director and Head Curator, The Palestine Museum; former Director, Sharjah Art Foundation
Lisa Phillips, Director, The New Museum
Moderator: Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs, National Coalition Against Censorship; co-editor, Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression (The New Press, 2006
John Lennon Drawings 1964-65

 I came late to the Beatles, at twelve years old, in 1969. They broke up within a year. The advantage to that was John Lennon having already written the bulk of what he called his "gobbledgook songs." Among them I AM THE WALRUS, a personal favorite when I was a kid, LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS, HEY BULLDOG and STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER. Songs rife with images that lit up my young boy's imagination. The drawings collected here were created as illustrations for poems and stories in Lennon's two books, IN HIS OWN WRITE (1964) and A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS (1965). I read somewhere a long time ago that he would write to alleviate the tedium of traveling while touring with the Beatles. Later I was to discover that he'd been deeply influenced by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll and The Goon Show. There may also be a bit of a James Thurber nod in some of the drawings but I have no idea if Lennon was familiar with his work. As Lennon himself said, "You see we're influenced by whatever's going." I can't begin to calculate the tremendous influence these books had on my developing brain back in my early double digits or even up to and including today.
All of these drawings and more were recently auctioned by Sotheby's where they brought in lots and lots of money.
Since Drawger is an illustration site I chose to leave off any captions or descriptive passages from the books. I believe the drawings stand well enough on their own. That said, if you're not familiar with the books, a Beatles fan was gracious enough to post a few Stories and Poems from IN HIS OWN WRITE including NO FLIES ON FRANK for which the drawing below illustrates.





















John Lennon performs "The Wrestling Dog" from IN HIS OWN WRITE
John Lennon reads from A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS


Some of you may be interested in contributing to this with your expert photoshop skills.

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Why? Because whereas cars, homes and jobs are replaceable, images of mom & dad’s honeymoon, baby’s first steps and great great grandpa’s sole surviving portrait are priceless. Photos contain deep-rooted significance. Photos preserve stories! Photos foster soul and spirit.
As of November 2014, hundreds of global volunteers have restored more than 1,350 photos."

Volunteer here---------> careforsandy

2776: Comedy Album!

Patton Oswalt, Aubrey Plaza, Eugene Mirman, Ira Glass, Will Forte, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Aimee Mann and 80 other comics, musicians and actors join forces for the new album 2776. 26 visual artists from around the world have created unique covers for each of the tracks on the album. 2776 is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and CDBaby.
It's all to benefit the charity One Kid One World, which builds schools in impoverished parts of Kenya and El Salvador.
SEE! More art from a wide variety of artists and illustrators

Albert Dubout

A tip of the iceberg selection of work by French cartoonist, illustrator, painter, and sculptor, Albert Dubout.
Albert Dubout (15 May 1905 – 27 June 1976)
Albert Dubout was born in Marseille. After attending school at Nîmes (where he met Jean Paulhan) he studied at the fine arts school in Montpellier where he met his first wife, Renée Altier, and where his first drawings were published in the student journal L'écho des étudiants in 1923.
After moving to Paris, Éditions Kra literary director Philippe Soupault hired him to illustrate his first book, Les Embarras de Paris by Boileau. Dubout continued on to illustrate numerous editions of books by Boileau, Beaumarchais, Mérimée, Rabelais, Villon, Cervantes, Balzac, Racine, Voltaire, Rostand, Poe, and Courteline.
He collaborated on numerous magazines and journals such as Le Rire, Marianne, Eclats de Rire, L'os à Moëlle, Paris-Soir, and Ici-Paris.
He also created movie and theatre posters as well as theatrical sets. He worked in advertising, painted oil canvases (over 70 in total) and illustrated many book covers and record sleeves.
Albert Dubout also illustrated Gargantua and Pantagruel, oeuvres of the famous French satirist Rabelais. One of his favorite and perhaps unwilling models were an obese tobacconist and the small and scrawny tax collector who lived in the forties and fifties in Agde, Herault, France.
In 1953, French president Vincent Auriol awarded him the Legion of Honour. His name also appeared that year in the Petit Larousse dictionary.
In 1965, he illustrated les aventures de San-Antonio at the request of author Frédéric Dard.
In 1967 he married his second wife, Suzanne Ballivet, who was also a painter. He divided his time in this period between Mézy-sur-Seine and Palavas-les-Flots (Hérault) until his death in 1976.
In 1992 a museum about Dubout was dedicated in Palavas-les-Flots.
(source: Wikipedia)

Marx Brothers Art

 More than a few years ago I began planning and collecting images for this post and now I finally got around to putting it all together. I first became enamored of the Marx Brothers back when I was a kid and New York's channel 5 ran DUCK SOUP one afternoon when I was home from school. As I dove deeper and deeper into books about I discovered an abundance of art related to their films and subsequent careers. They flourished during a fine time for caricature which fit in perfectly with my budding taste in illustration.  So here's a pile of Marx Brothers art for your edification. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. There's plenty more out there but this is a pretty good sampling.

four images above   art: William Auerbach-Levy
The Marx Brothers drawn from life by William Auerbach-Levy during their Broadway run of THE COCOANUTS.

"...During a performance of a riotous musical in which the Marx Brother were convulsing the audience, I was standing in the wings watching their antics, pad in hand. I was concentrating on the movements, oblivious to the gags, but I did hear Groucho say, "We need a quota-is there a quota in the house?" and without warning, Harpo stepped into the wings, grabbed me by the arm and pulled me out before the footlights.
"Maybe you got a quarter in that long overcoat?" Groucho was saying as I found myself in the center of the stage, looking foolish and embarrassed. I'm still waiting for the chance to make Harpo bring his instrument to the studio!"----William Auerbach-Levy, The Art of Caricature, page 130.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935) art: Al Hirschfeld
 Hirschfeld's caricatures of the Marx Brothers for MGM became iconic. An entire post could be done on his drawings of the trio. They adorned several subsequent film posters for MGM, book jackets and even became the jumping off point for other artists depicting the team.

A DAY AT THE RACES (1937)  art: Al Hirschfeld

art: Jacques Kapralik

LOVE HAPPY (1949)  art: B&W cartoons by Virgil Partch
art: Richard Henderson:  "I'll Say She Is," New York Evening Post, July 18, 1924.

"These ran on consecutive days, January 19 - 23, 1925, in the New York Sun. This was toward the very end of the Broadway run (it closed on February 7), so perhaps this was a publicity push to sell the final weeks."---source Noah Diamond

art: Roy C. Nelson for the Chicago Daily News

art: John Decker (c. 1930s) Harpo as Thomas Gainsborough's The Blue Boy

Krazy Kat "Seeing Stars" (1932) Marx Brothers at 3:20

art: Alex Gard (1933)

Warner Brothers, Leon Schlesinger's Looney Tunes, Harmon-Ising, "Bosko's Picture Show" (1933)

art: James. Henry Dowd, PUNCH magazine (1933)
Walt Disney "Mickey's Gala Premier" (1933) art: above, concept drawing by animator Charles Couch.


art: T. Hee (1935)

art: Miguel Covarrubias (c. 1930-35) Harpo Marx

art: Salvador Dali, "Groucho as a the Shiva of big business"
art: Salvador Dali, "A party in the desert, the Marx Brothers Orchestra in a gondola"

art: Lou Hirschman (1938)
Caption: Harpo Marx as Hirshman sees him. His hat is a money belt, his hair, tomatoes; his eyes are marshmallows and his nose a potato. He has an oversize frankfurter for a mouth and forks for arms.

Walt Disney "The Autograph Hound" (1939)


art: above three by James Thurber
"Only faintly visible on the horse's ass is Groucho's image which has been almost totally erased by Groucho."----source The Marx Brothers Scrapbook

Warner Brothers Merry Melody "Hollywood Steps Out" (1941)

art: Otto Soglow (1942)


Bugs Bunny Slick Hare (1947)

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Bugs Bunny disguised as Groucho Marx in "Slick Hare" (1947). It's been said that the character of Bugs Bunny was based on Groucho Marx with the carrot substituting for Groucho's cigar.

“GROUCHO MARX CHEERIOS HALL OF FUN POP-OUT” (1949)  from series of “8 Famous Funny Faces.” Back panel has simulated wood frame w/partial image of Groucho and pieces on side panel designed to be cut out and put together to form dimensional image.


art: Abraham Ajay (1949)

art: Thomas Hart Benton (c. late 1940s) sketch of Harpo

art: Rube Goldberg (late 1940s)

art: Ernest Hamlin Baker (1951)

art: Bob Taylor (1953)


art: Al Parker (1957)



art: hardcover: Leo Hirshfield, paperback cover: Robert Webber (1963) interior illustrations: Leo Hershfield

art: David Levine (c. 1966)


Rankin-Bass (1970)."The Mad Mad Mad Comedians."
The Marx Brothers begin at 11:43.
The show included the Marx Brothers skit, "Napoleon's Last Waterloo," which was a reworking of  a scene from their Broadway play I'll Say She Is (1924).----source Wikipedia
Groucho himself voices Napoleon. Paul Frees provides the voices for all of the other male characters.

art: Joel Beck (1972)


1974 four record box set

art: Al Hirschfeld (1974)

1974 re-release poster

1970s promotional button for YOU BET YOUR LIFE, Groucho's 1950's game show, in syndication
art: Randall Deihl (1974)
art: Leroy Neimann (1978)
Book jacket art for "Hello, I Must Be Going, Groucho and His Friends" by Charlotte Chandler
art: David Levine (1979)

art: Andy Warhol (1980)
"This screenprint is part of Warhol’s series "Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century" a collection of portraits of historically iconic Jews, such as physicist Albert Einstein and French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt. This particular image was sourced from the 1946 film A Night in Casablanca, which starred the Marx brothers. The series of portraits first debuted in 1980 at the Jewish Museum in New York." ---source ARTspace

art: Rob Norrington (1991)
The Simpsons (2009) "O Brother, Where Bart Thou?"

art: Mark Fredrickson (2012)

and finally a Groucho (with Thelma Todd) by me. This was a private commission done several years ago.

Gluyas Williams
  I first began seeing Gluyas Williams drawings in collections of Robert Benchley essays back in high school. I've admired his work ever since. I was, and am, a huge Marx Brothers fan. In reading about them I found mention of Robert Benchley whom I never heard of. Curious, I started searching for his writings in used book shops. Finding them I also found Gluyas Williams. Thanks, Groucho.
 GLUYAS WILLIAMS was born in San Francisco in 1888. His early schooling was in Germany, France and Switzerland, and he was graduated from Harvard in 1911. While in college, Mr. Williams was art editor of the Harvard Lampoon, where he first knew Robert Benchley, Frederick Lewis allen and others who were to play a part in later life. After a year abroad Mr. Williams drew for the Boston Journal and Boston Evening Transcript and was art editor of the Youth's Companion in boston until 1920.
 Through the encouragment of Charles Dana Gibson and others, Mr. Williams began to submit to the old Life and other magazines. In 1923 he began a syndicated newspaper drawing (Fred Perley) which he continued for twenty-five years. He (was) widely known for his New Yorker drawings and for his illustrations in many outstanding humorous books...(The Gluyas Williams Gallery, 1957)

selections from "HOW TO GUESS YOUR AGE"
 Text for the drawing on the cover: It seems to me that they are building staircases steeper than they used to. The risers are higher, or there are more of them, or something.
Text: Another thing I've noticed is the small print they're using lately. Newspapaers are getting farther and farther away when I hold them, and I have to squint to make then out.
Text:  Everything is farther than it used to be. It's twice the distance from my house to the station now, and they've added a fair-sized hill that I never noticed before.
Text: They don't use the same material in clothes anymore, either. I've noticed that all my suits have a tendency to shrink, especially in certain places such as around the waist or in the seat of the pants...
Text: Even the weather is changing...Snow is heavier when I try to shovel it.
Text: ...rain today is wetter than the rain we used to get...
Text: ...I stopped for a moment and looked at my own reflection in the mirror. They don't seem to make the same kind of glass in mirrors anymore.

 This post only scratches the surface of Williams's prolific output. The illustrations he contributed to books alone would keep me scanning well beyond my own appointed time with the grave.
This post was inspired by a recent dinner with a few friends including Jonathan Barli, author of VIP: The Mad World of Virgil Partch. He runs ROSEBUD ARCHIVES which has begun republishing some of William's work in beautiful editions. I recently ordered "The Wide Open Spaces---Panorama Cartoons by Gluyas Williams." Every page a masterpiece printed on 12x16 stock. You'll find this and much more at their site.
Rosebud Archives

Drew Friedman show at SOI
The Marx Brothers On TV

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman
Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.
Short biographies of each comedian will accompany the portraits. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.
The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!
The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.
"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman - See more at:
Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers. - See more at:
"Drew Friedman is Better Than Picasso" - Howard Stern

Selection of drawings from OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS

Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx

Jack Benny

Joe E. Ross

Herbie Faye

Milton Berle

Molly Picon

Morey Amsterdam

Joan Rivers

 A special three volume edition of Old Jewish Comedians Will be available exclusively at the Society of Illustrators.

VIP talk

The seventy-second meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.
Presentation: Jonathan Barli on The Mad World of Virgil Partch. An in-depth look at the life and art of one of the most influential and trendsetting cartoonists of his generation. The talk will be illustrated by scores of unseen photographs and artwork, cover Partch’s life and times and how they influenced his artistic sensibilities, and include a thorough analysis of his cartooning and the context in which his work appeared. From a remote island off the coast of Alaska and a stint as an animator at Disney Studios during its golden age, Partch burst onto the scene with his zany, sometimes surreal, but always hilarious cartoons, catapulting his career virtually overnight. An artist truly ahead of his time, his unique perspective and style ensured he would become one of the most prolific cartoonists of his era, and solidified his role in inspiring generations of cartoonists, animators, and illustrators.

Jonathan Barli is a designer, writer, and filmmaker. He was educated at the School of Visual Arts and soon after graduating, co-founded Rosebud Archives: a company dedicated to preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of the graphic arts, where he serves as Art Director. He recently wrote, edited, and designed a book on the renowned cartoonist Virgil Partch, and will be taking on a role as Creative Director of Fantagraphics Fine Arts. He has done design work for Fantagraphics Books, the Theodore Roosevelt Association, Ron Garofalo Photography and other

Modern Artists as Illustrators

selections from MODERN PAINTERS AND SCULPTORS AS ILLUSTRATORS, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1946

ODILON REDON: Lithograph. Flaubert, La Tentation de Saint-Antoine

AUGUSTE RODIN: Wood engraving. Ovid, Elegies Amoureuses

AUGUSTE RODIN: Wood engraving. Ovid, Elegies Amoureuses

PIERRE BONNARD: Lithograph. Verlaine, Parallélment

GEORGES BRAQUE: Color wood engraving. Le Piège de Méduse

ANDRE DERAIN: Woodcut. Appolinaire, L'Enchanteur Pourrissant

ANDRE DERAIN: Jacob, Les Oeuvres Burlesques et Mystiques de Frére Matorel

RAOUL DUFY: Wood engraving. Apollinaire, Le Bestiaire

RAOUL DUFY: Stencil-colored lithograph, Mallarmé, Madrigaux

FERNAND LEGER: Color composition. Cendrrs, La Fin du Monde

GEORGES ROUAULT: Lithograph. Arland, Carnets de Gilbert

GIORGIO DE CHIRICO: Lithograph, Apollinaire, Calligrammes

ANDRE BEAUDIN: Etching, Virgil, Bucoliques

MARC CHAGALL: Etching and drypoint. La Fontaine, Les Fables

HENRI MATISSE: Etching, Mallamermé, Pösies

HENRI MATISSE: Etching, Mallamermé, Pösies

PABLO PICASSO: Wood engraving. Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu

PABLO PICASSO: Drawing. Aristophanes, Lysistrata

PABLO PICASSO: Etching. Ovid, Les Métamorphoses

PABLO PICASSO: Aquatint. Buffon, Histoire, Naturelle

PABLO PICASSO: Aquatint. Buffon, Histoire, Naturelle

ARISTIDE MAILLOL: Woodcut. Virgil, Eclogae et Georgica

GEORGE GROSZ: Drawing. Herzfelde, Tragigrotesken der Nacht

PAUL KLEE: Drawing. Voltaire, Candide

DAVID PETROVICH STERENBERG: Lithograph. Kipling, 40 North-50 West

V. ANNENKOV: Drawing. Block, Dvenadtzat (The Twelve)

VLADIMIR VASILEVICH LEBEDEV: Lithograph. Lebedev, Verkhom (On Horseback)

FRANS MASEREEL: Woodcut: de Coster, Die Geschichte von Til Ulenspiegel

THOMAS HART BENTON: Drawing. Huberman, We, the People

JOHN SLOAN: Etching. The Works of Charles Paul de Kock

SALVADOR DALI: Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror

ALEXANDER CALDER: Drawing. L'Estrange, Fables of Aesop

GRANT WOOD: Crayon drawing. Horn, The Farm on the Hill

My Favo(u)rite Magazine

In May, Andrew Losowsky and Jeremy Leslie announced the launch of a special, one-off publication celebrating magazine-makers' favourite magazines, with the profits from the venture going to help US art director, Bob Newman, who was recently hospitalised. My Favo(u)rite Magazine is now available to buy....

As Leslie informs us, creative directors from the likes of the New York Times Magazine, Fast Company, Pentagram, Wired, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Observer, AOL and the NME have all chosen a title.
Included on this post are a few shots of the publication – readers will spot Design, Details, Avant Garde, Big, The Germans, Hard Werken and Harper's Bazaar among the magazines selected.

The profits from the sale of the publication will go towards helping Bob Newman's recovery. The former design director of titles including New York, The Village Voice, Details and Entertainment Weekly, Newman recently suffered an accident that left him in a coma for two weeks, and he now has a long path to recovery ahead. (The Friends of Bob Newman campaign has so far raised over £56k for his medical bills – more details on his condition are here.)
Billed as "a love letter to print" the 64-page My Favo(u)rite Magazine can now be bought from as a print publication (£15.99 plus P&P) or PDF (£12.99).

You can buy My Favourite Magazine here. All proceeds go to to Bob and his family.
Remembering George Delmerico
George Delmerico in his office. Photograph by Allen Reuben

The Village Voice was a very different and relevant animal in the late seventies and early eighties. George Delmerico was its art director. I quit art school and moved to NYC based on a kind note from George. It was where I first saw work by Jules Feiffer, Stan Mack, Ed Sorel, Mark Alan Stamaty, Walter Gurbo, Sylvia Plachy, James Hamilton, Philip Burke and others. All gods in my book. George died recently. Robert Newman collected memories from his friends and colleagues put together this remembrance for The Society of Publication Designers website. Bob was another of its great art directors back when you still had to pay for ithe Voice. Give it a read.
SPD: Remembering George Delmerico, Longtime Art Director of The Village Voice
Eisenhower Cartoon Book

 An artifact from an era, presumably, before presidents of both parties were such polarizing figures. What I love about this book is that it speaks to a kind of cilvilty that likes of which we may never see again. Published in conjunction with the United States savings bond program in 1956

Eisenhower...invited a select group of cartoonists from the national cartoonists society to breakfast. President Eisenhower and Secretary to the treasury George M. Humphrey appeared informally, and a compilation of drawings was presented to the president...The breakfast was revealing. Eisenhower made a number of special references to cartoons and his interest in the field. He said that he avidly followed Mutt and Jeff, the comic strip created by Bud Fisher...Other artists President Eisenhower said he particulary admired were Chic young, who drew Blondie, and Hal Foster, Creator of Prince Valiant.
 Although President Eisenhower followed the comics, I always had the feeling that he didn't have much interest in cartooning as such, and I was surprised by his lack of a sense of humor. I had brought along an original cartoon...and all the cartoonists who attended the breakfast signed the crumpled drawing. Bill Holman, who created Smoket Stover, had also signed the cartoon and had lettered his motto "Foo" prominently across the cartoon. Just for the fun of it, Bill had written his trademark on the presiden't forehead in the cartoon. Ike stopped cold when he saw the inscription scrawled across his face, and said, "What the hell is that?" I explained to him that Bill Holman used the expression "Foo" as sort of a humorous symbol in his cartoon and added it was a gag.
 "Well, I don't think it's a damn bit funny." Eisenhower replied. And that was that! But he did sign the cartoon.----Art Wood, Great Cartoonists: And Their Art, 1987, page 104
Art Wood
Here are some favorites

Bob Kane

George McManus

Bud Fisher

Otto Soglow

Bill Holman

Rube Goldberg

Alex Raymond

Walt Kelly
Ham Fisher

Milton Caniff

Carmine Infantino

Bill Mauldin

Frank Frazetta
 That's what I meant by civilty, Steve. You have no idea what the politics of the artists were from these drawings. It was a project to support Savings Bonds. Everyone was on their best behavior. I can't imagine a similar venture being undertaken today with the same results.
Maurice Sendak at SOI

 Hot on the heels of the Harvey Kurtzman exhibit, the Society of Illustrators has another DON'T MISS show.

Neubecker Auction Swap

These arrived in today's mail. I took Robert Neubecker up on his offer to swap a books and prints for school auctions. I'm sure these will do quite well for my daughters (plural) school in 2014. I can only hope mine do as well for his. Anyway, if you haven't done it, and your kids schools have auction fundraisers, Robert has hit on a great idea. Take advantage.
Robert's original post: Prints for Charity
the image on the print

the signed book

Punk aesthetic before there was a punk aesthetic. Love this ad. I rediscovered it the other day while going through a spring straightening up in my studio. It's on the back cover of an issue of National Lampoon from 1972. The type was appropriated from a note Mick Jagger wrote to the designer. The designer is John Van Hamersveld. The image is a detail from a photo by Robert Frank. Although you could say it's an appropriation of an appropriation as Mr. Frank's photograph is a photograph of photographs.
This is sort of piggybacking on Yuko's, Joseph's, Gerard's, Robert's and even Joe's posts. Since I pretty much post my influences on Drawger all the time I thought I'd focus on just one more of the many. On the subject of influences it was the late John Lennon who said, "You see we're influenced by whatever's going."

Robert Frank, Tattoo Parlor, 8th Avenue, New York City, 1951
 I first heard EXILE ON MAIN STREET in 1972 when I was fifteen years old, the year it was released. It was my favorite Stones album then and it's my favorite Stones album now.  An advantage of growing up in the middle of nowhere, particularly in those days beyond the reach of today's media saturation, is that you didn't know what you're supposed to like and not like. You were somewhat removed from mainstream opinion. Apparently this record wasn't well recieved by the rock critics or the general public at the time but it was well recieved in my rural, bucolic village of Orefield Pennsylvania head. I played it to death that summer. I still find it's a great album to work to all these years later.
 One of the great things about vinyl was the cover art. The best ones were every bit as important as the music.  Often one would experience the cover art in the store before hearing the music at home. I remember poring over every detail of this one in the car on the way home after I bought it. It reflects the music perfectly. Then again I'd revisit the artwork every time I played the records which was often. With the exception of Cal Shenkel's work for Frank Zappa, Exile's cover was out of sync with the slicker album cover art of the early seventies. Their influence grew as the decades progressed.
 After posting the ad up on Facebook, Art Chantry chimed in about it. As he's a much more eloquent thinker than I am I'm going to quote his thoughts here. Another appropriation. How many appropriations can one blog handle? Stop me before I appropriate again! Here's Art:
"this advert (from the back of a national lampoon) is one of those images that sort of lead the way for the rest of my career. seeing this crude pre-punky thing blew me away. it was designed by the legendary john van hammersveld (the same guy who did the endless summer poster, magical mystery tour and exile on main street).

hammersveld used crude repros of famous circus sideshow acts (freaks) along with paparazzi style photos by robert frank, the same who also was hired at the same time to do a documentary film of the stones tour. it was called "cocksucker blues" and jagger immediately pulled it from circulation (it's still hard to see even now). crude sleazy and 'fuck you'. so punky.

seeing this advert back in 1971 when i was a punk kid myself, just graduating from high school and stepping into a world whose only future for ME was getting sent to the front lines of vietnam (i was 100% white trash cannon-fodder). the whole 'exile/stones' extravaganza really SPOKE to me. it was a salvation. like punk rock, it was garbage people speaking to other garbage people. it held the salvation that rock and roll represented - if you were a giant fuck-up, they didn't want you in the army (or anywhere else, either). aka- 'fly your freak flag'.

the other thing i immediately understood when i saw this advert was the whole design of it. it was so boneheaded that even a dumbshit high school kid could have done it. hammersveld instinctively went for the trashola DIY look that later was the very definition of punk design. he had no idea he was doing that - he just got lucky. however, luck is actually instinct. he had incredible instincts, that guy.

yellow flood color, red ink (actually pms process magenta at this point) for the crude clipped line-art image. the lettering was actually jagger's handwiritten notes that he sent to hammersveld (and VH actually used them straight across). how many times have i done this design? thousands? i've even done that 'use their handwriting' trick on clients a dozen times (they HATE that).

hammersveld was actually looking backward to another record cover he designed for singer claudia linear, titled "WHEW!" it's almost an identical (but slick) sister to this advert. so, he was likely just knocking out a quickie copycat of his earlier work (maybe even done at the same time - laying on the desk next to each other?) so, his instincts were really lazy, too. but, genius is seldom intentional.

this little advert basically taught me everything i actually needed to know about graphic design. after seeing this, the rest was a clear path (however crooked.) my career/life vision was established. thanks, john. you're a cantankerous old galoot, but i love ya forever!"

front cover

back cover


inner gatefold

inner gatefold

inner gatefold

inner sleeve front (disc one)

inner sleeve back (disc one)

inner sleeve two (disc one)

inner sleeve two (disc two)

The original release came with a set of twelve perforated postcards. I guess the idea was to detach them in order to send them off to all your friends and spread the good word of a new Stones album. Me being me, I still have and mine they're still intact. Fortunately, someone scanned the entire set and saved me the trouble of having to do it.
Exile On Main St. postcards
Charlie Watts

Ben Katchor Book Tour

"From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century."

"Ben Katchor, a master at twisting mundane commodities into surreal objects of social significance, now takes on the many ways our property influences and reflects cultural values. Here are window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching and a forest of artificial trees for sufferers of hay fever. The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption deals with the matter of products that outlive their owners; a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash; high-visibility construction vests are marketed to lonely people as a method of getting noticed. With cutting wit Katchor reveals a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently and brilliantly bizarre, and always mesmerizing, Hand-Drying in America ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way."
Monday April 1 - NYC
The thirty-eighth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street in The Bark Room (off lobby).
Scheduled presentation: Artist/writer Ben Katchor in conversation with Gil Roth on the occasion of the publication of Hand-Drying in America (Pantheon Books) — a collection of strips from Metropolis Magazine on the subjects of architecture and design. Join us for this live audience recording of The Virtual Memories Show podcast.
Saturday, April 6 - NYC
MoCCA Arts Fest signing at the Pantheon Books booth. 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. NYC,
Monday, April 8 - Portland, OR
7:30 pm. Powell’s City of Books, 2720 NW 29th Ave., Portland, OR 
Tuesday, April 9 - Seattle, WA
7:00 pm.  University Book Store event with UW architecture department. 4326 University Way NE. 
Wednesday, April 10 - Los Angeles, CA
8:00 pm. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., LA, CA
Thursday, April 11 - San Francisco, CA
6:30 pm. Mechanics’ Institute, 57 Post Street, Room 406, San Francisco, CA 
Monday, April 15 - Brooklyn, NY
7:30 pm. Greenlight BookstoreIn conversation with writer Nicky Dawidoff. 686 Fulton Street., Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, April 16 - Washington, DC
7:00 pm. Sixth & I event with Politics & Prose. 600 I Street NW., Washington, DC


Saturday, April 20 - Little Rock, AR
Thursday, April 25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL
6:00 pm. Books & Books at Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale 
with University of Miami School of Architecture. 1 East Las Olas Boulevard., Fort Lauderdale, FL
Friday, April 26 - Coral Gables, FL
8:00 pm.  Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL
“Ben Katchor’s new book (his first in full color and I think also his best yet), Hand-Drying in America, furthers his reputation as one of the few geniuses of the form, to say nothing of being one of the first exemplars of what literary fiction told in comics form could be.”—Chris Ware

“Sublimely caustic…brilliant, darkly magical new collection.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Gorgeous…Katchor’s judiciously sketchy drawings—half art brut, half blueprint—literate scripts, and comedic imagination make them the stuff of genius-level cartooning.” –Booklist, starred review

“Reminds me of all the reasons I fell in love with his work 20-odd years ago… at the heart of all his work is the same intention: to find, however odd or enigmatic, a moment of real connection in an increasingly surreal world.” –Los Angeles Times

“The zany world of an inventive and original mind who is endlessly fascinated by the great city where he lives.” –Metropolis Magazine 

“The four-year collection of a visionary polymath’s cartoons about urban living… Katchor’s wry humor and unique view on the subject are well worth exploring.” —Kirkus

“Katchor is an urban visionary, building his stories brick by brick from the detritus of the metropolis…He's a poet of the gone world, which lingers, like the vacant offices of the Daily Hubris, whether we notice it or not. His is an aesthetic of ephemera but an ephemera that transcends itself, in which loss leads to wonder and then, inevitably, back to loss.” –Los Angeles Times   
“Katchor’s humor relies on cities for its strength: their grime, their dishonest denizens, and their beautiful decay seem to feed his imagination. This book hits its target in just about every panel…Sadness, whimsy, nostalgia, reflection, concern: These feelings all float through the frames which, despite the wizened appearance of their characters, could also be said to be bristling with energy, nearly in motion…The idea that the universal can be conveyed through close attention to particulars is a cliché, perhaps, but seeing it executed well is a rare pleasure. This book is that execution.” –Boston Globe

“Half urban legend and half magic, these stories that seem on the one hand far-fetched but on the other are one small step away from being true…Katchor's stories don't feature characters so much as ideas. This way of writing could get boring awfully quickly—except that the ideas he presents are so clever and haunted, it's hard to imagine that ever happening.” –Jewish Book Council

“Ben Katchor, recipient of a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, lampoons our shallowest preoccupations so skillfully that half the laughs in his terrific collection, Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, come from realizing you've done more or less the same absurd thing the cartoonist has taken to its logical extreme…It's the sum of four years' worth of piecework, but it's sharper still than the sum of its barbed parts.” –Newsday  

“A dark, funny, and compelling experience, as engrossing to view as it is to read…Comparisons to Chris Ware, the other great comics artist who deals with urban structures and the enervating enclosure of modern living, seem obvious. Both specialize in architectural rendering and characters that are ill at ease within their cities. But against Ware’s exploration of the sterile and alienating quality of modern technologies Katchor’s work has a pungency and strange sexual energy applied to the appliances of the late 20th century. Then there is the quality of Katchor’s humor, a smoked fish surrealism that gives a vaudevillian undercurrent to even his bleakest stories…Katchor trains his eye on everything we fail to notice, the details that are traditionally only props in the background, not fitting subjects for art. But Katchor’s art is to take the human endeavor seriously by examining our interactions with something as mundane as a hand-drying machine. The pathos is in the appliances and the props become the subjects that reveal us to ourselves.” –The Daily Beast 
“Katchor’s vignettes brilliantly satirize human behavior, changing social values and cities in flux. Perhaps most of all, they highlight the timeless need for human connection.” –Time Out Chicago

“Katchor’s forte is nudging a real-life absurdity one or two notches too far…It’s unsurprising that Katchor’s artwork has a peculiar, well-entrenched architecture of its own.” –Jewish Daily Forward 
“Brilliant…Katchor's trademark storytelling bends just a little bit away from our own reality to make us see it more clearly.” –Publishers Weekly 
“Katchor gently interrogates the everyday — the click of a light switch, say, or the nozzle on a can of shaving cream — and finds unimagined and uncanny depths within…Elliptical and mysterious but never abstruse, the picture-poems of Hand-Drying in Americacelebrate the mundane world around us by revealing it to be anything but…Hand-Drying in America is a large book, roughly the size of a tabloid newspaper. Not only does this make it easier to appreciate Katchor's backgrounds, stuffed as they are with peculiar signage ("Putti Dental," "Surd," "Cowlick," "ANKLE SOCK"), but it also encourages us to linger over these pages and the rich, wry and quietly remarkable worlds they contain.” –

“Wonderful…I like Ben Katchor. And I’m fairly certain you will too.” –

“Smart and perceptive.” –Time Out New York

paperback---originally published 1954, 19th printing 1962
Legendary artists Drew Friedman, Robert Grossman, Al Jaffee, and Arnold Roth will discuss the life and works of Harvey Kurtzman with a panel moderated by Peter Kuper.
The Society Of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street (between Park and Lexington Avenues)
March 19, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8:30p.m.
$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students/seniors
Click here to purchase

Drew Friedman is an award-winning illustrator whose work regularly appears in dozens of major publications.  For years he was renowned for his "stippling" style of caricature, employing thousands of pen-marks to achieve photographic verisimilitude, but in recent years Friedman has switched to painting.  His painstaking attention to detail and parodies of Hollywood icons is widely admired.  Friedman's work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The New York Observer, Esquire, RAW, Rolling Stone, and MAD Magazine.  He is a graduate of SVA and studied under such legendary masters as Will Eisner, Ed Sorel, Stan Mack, Arnold Roth, and Harvey Kurtzman.
Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead Is Purely Coincidental
Too Soon? Famous/Infamous Faces 1995-2010
The Fun Never Stops
Old Jewish Comedians: A Visual Encyclopedia
More Old Jewish Comedians
Even More Old Jewish Comedians
Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks
Legends of Comics: An Illustrated Portrait Series
Robert Grossman is a New York artist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone and many other publications.  Grossman also works as a sculptor, filmmaker, and author and has published numerous titles including ZooNooz and O-MANLAND, an online compilation of strips focusing on the 2008 presidential race.
The Caricature Art of Robert Grossman
Al Jaffee is best known for his satirical work in MAD Magazine, and today remains a regular contributor having only ever missed one issue of MAD in the last 57 years. Jaffee's trademark feature, the Mad Fold-in, was created in 1964 and a four-volume boxed set of hardcovers, The Mad Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010, was published by Chronicle Books in September 2011.  In 2008 Jaffee was honored by the Reuben Awards as Cartoonist of the Year. He has also received the National Cartoonists Society Advertising and Illustration Award in 1972, its Special Features Award in 1971 and 1975, and its Humor Comic Book Award in 1979.
Mad Fold This Book!: A Ridiculous Collection of Fold-Ins
The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010
Al Jaffee's Mad Life: A Biography
Tall Tales

Arnold Roth has been a humorous illustrator and cartoonist all his life and, for most of that time, has freelanced, snatching a living by hustling one assignment after another in a highly competitive market.  Roth's big breakthrough came in 1957 when he started working on Trump, Playboy's satiric magazine, and on Humbug, a more penurious production, both the inventions of Harvey Kurtzman.  His work has appeared regularly in major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Holiday, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker and countless others.  In 1983, Roth was elected president of the National Cartoonists Society and the next year received the NCS Reuben Award as Cartoonist of the Year. 
Arnold Roth: Free Lance
Poor Arnold's Almanac
Blog: "Cats" from A COMICK BOOK OF PETS by Arnold Roth.
Blog: "Dogs" from A COMICK BOOK OF PETS by Arnold Roth.

Peter Kuper's illustrations and comics appear regularly in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and MAD, where he illustrates SPY vs. SPY every month.  He has written and illustrated many books including Comics Trips, a journal of an eight-month trip through Africa and Southeast Asia.  In 1979 he co-founded the political comix magazine World War 3 Illustrated.
Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico
Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City
The Metamorphosis
Comics Trips
MAD Presents: Spy Vs. Spy - The Top Secret Files!

text appropriated from The Society of Illustrators website. 
paperback 1955

paperback 1955

paperback 1956

paperback 1958

The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

Curated by Monte Beauchamp and Denis Kitchen

March 6th through May 11th
Tues 10 - 8 Wed - Fri 10 - 5 Sat 12 - 4

Harvey Kurtzman exhibit @ SOI

The Art of Harvey Kurtzman

Curated by Monte Beauchamp and Denis Kitchen

March 6th through May 11th
Tues 10 - 8 Wed - Fri 10 - 5 Sat 12 - 4

The Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
(between Park and Lexington Avenues)
New York, NY 10065

Tel: (212) 838-2560
Fax: (212) 838-2561

 Harvey Kurtzman is a god! Back in 1973, during the 1950s nostalgia craze, MAD magazine began reprinting the twenty year old comics written, edited and covers often drawn by Harvey Kurtzman as a supplement in their "specials." Specials were like reruns. The issues were made up of work that appeared in the monthly magazine over the past year or so and always included an extra incetive for you to buy this recently recycled material (flexi-discs, stickers, posters etc). Anyway, this is where I first saw Harvey Kurtzman's work and I was hooked. So much so that even though my loyalty to MAD's brand of humor waned as I entered high school I would still pick up the Super Specials that republished comics from the Kurtman era. All these years later, Kutzman's gleeful anarchy is something I still return to again and again.
 Below are some books off of my shelves. Drawger is an illustration site so I figure it should have some ilustrations. If you want to learn more about the exhibit click on the excellent boing boing link above.
MAD Super Special Number Twelve, 1973

First Published: Timley Comics 1946-49, This Edition: 1992

First Published: Two-Fisted Tales, Frontline Combat 1950-55, This Edition: 2012 Corpse On The Imjin!

first published: 1952, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1953, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1953, This Edition: 1986

first published: 1954, This Edition: 1986

 There have been numerous MAD reprints over the years. No less an authority than art spiegelman swears by this series. They ran from the summer of 1997 to the winter of 1999 (eight issues). He claims these reproductions are closest to the original comic books. You can still find them from time to time on Ebay. It should be noted that among the artists who worked with Kurtzman on MAD were Will Elder, Wallace Wood, Bernard Krigstein and Basil Wolverton among others.
October 1960

September 1957 Humbug (2 Volume Set)

January 1957

First Published: 1959, This Edition: 1988

First published: Esquire 1960, This Edition: 1999 Grasshopper and the Ant

Available from the publisher, promotional buttons for the '99 edition. There are three. I mean to pick up the third one someday.

First Published: 1961-62, This Edition: 1984

First Published: October 1962-66




George Wachsteter
Bandleader Cab Calloway

Drew Friedman directed me to a site offering an amazing amount of caricatures from the estate of George Wachsteter. You should check out Drew's blog on the auction for lots of background information. That man does his homework.
 from Drew's research: George WachSteter (1911–2004) was at one time considered one of the most prominent and in-demand caricaturists working in the country. From the 1930's to the 1960's he drew theatrical, radio, television and film related images extensively for most of the major New York newspapers, including the Times, the Herald Tribune, the Journal- American, the World-Telegram, as well as for the 3 major radio and television networks. A gradual loss of his vision ended his drawing career prematurely in the late 1960's and he lived in relative obscurity with his wife (who died in the early '80s) in Elmhurst Queens till his death in 2004.
 This is a selection of work I downloaded from the auction site. There's plenty more there if you're interested.
Humphrey Bogart

George Bernard Shaw

Judy Garland for the Sept 13, 1963 premiere of CBS-TV's 'The Judy Garland Show'

Judy Garland, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Ray Bolger, for the premiere telivision of The Wizard of Oz broadcast on CBS-TV; Sat, Nov 3, 1956.

Bob Keeshan in the title role of 'The Captain Kangaroo Show' on NBC-TV, with Hugh Brannum as Mister Green Jeans, keeper of the Captain's Treasure House, surrounded by a menagerie of animals. Series debut was October 3rd, 1955.

'The Munsters' CBS-TV premiere of Sept 24, 1964, with Butch Patrick, Fred Gwynne, Yvonne de Carlo, Al Lewis & Pat Priest, as Eddie, Herman, Lily, Grandpa and Marilyn.

1967 Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC-TV, depicting Genevieve Bujold (in her American TV debut), Theodore Bikel, Raymond Massey, Roddy McDowall, Leo Genn & David Birney.

Milton Berle

'The Jackie Gleason Show: The American Scene Magazine', debut on CBS Sept 29, 1962. Features depictions of Reggie van Gleason, The Poor Soul, Ralph Kramden from 'The Honeymooners' with Sue Ane Langdon as Alice, and The June Taylor Dancers.

Jackie Gleason as one of his most popular characters, over-privileged and sociable louse Reginald Van Gleason III.

1956 skit 'The Honeymooners', with Joyce Randolph, Audrey Meadows, Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.

'My Three Sons' with Fred MacMurray as Steve Douglas, Stanley Livingston as Chip, Don Grady as Robbie, Barry Livinston as Ernie (on lap) and William Demarest as Uncle Charley.

'Car 54, Where Are You?' with Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon and Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody

'McHale's Navy' w Ernest Borgnine, Tim Conway & Joe Flynn.

Steve Allen

Edie Adams and Ernie Kovacs

Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, Andy Griffith, Lucille Ball & Garry Moore, captioned 'A Laughing Matter' for the WCBS-TV 'Opening Night' a preview show for the 1962-63 season.

Tom Ewell as Tom Potter and Marilyn Erskine as his wife Fran Potter to promote the sitcom, 'The Tom Ewell Show'. The series debuted September 23, 1960.

Richard Chamberlain in the title role of the famed NBC medical drama, 'Dr. Kildare', framed by a core pledge of the Hippocratic Oath and by Raymond Massey as Kildare's sagacious mentor, and Senior Physician at Blair General Hospital, Dr. Leonard Gillespie.

'Titans of Industry', depicting Jack Benny, Andy Griffith, Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas and Garry Moore, all at desks with factories behind, linked by ticker tape.

Bing Crosby

'My Favorite Martian', starring Ray Walston as Uncle Martin & Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara.

'Mister Ed' with Alan Young & Connie Hines.

'The Naked City' with Paul Burke, Harry Bellaver, Horace McMahon & Nancy Malone, playing Det. Flint, Sgt Arcaro, Lt. Parker & Libby.

'Petticoat Junction', with Bea Benaderet, Linda Kaye, Pat Woodell & Jeannine Riley, for the debut, as Kate, Billie Jo, Bobbi Jo, & Betty Jo, the series ran from Sept 1963 to Apr 1970.

Desilu Show with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Betty Grable & Harry James.

Jack Benny and Milton Berle captioned 'Comedy with Music' to promote 'The Milton Berle Spectacular', on Friday, March 9th, 1962.

'Holiday on Wheels' w Sid Caesar, Tony Randall, Audrey Meadows & Giselle MacKenzie.

'All-Star Revue', NBC-TV's Saturday night variety showcase, depicting the four rotating hosts of the show: Jimmy Durante, Tallulah Bankhead, George Jessel and Martha Raye. Fall 1952 to Spring 1953.

Four Broadway Composers, ca 1949, including: Richard Rogers (South Pacific), Irving Berlin (Miss Liberty), Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate), Frank Loesser (Where's Charley)

Fanny Brice

Will Rogers

Pianist/Composer, Actor, Raconteur & Bon Vivant, Oscar Levant,

Poster Design

Alfred Drake as Petruchio and Patricia Morison as Katherine, both re-creating their original Broadway roles in Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me Kate' on 'Hallmark Hall of Fame', which aired Nov 20, 1958.

Lucille Ball portraying Lucy Carmichael as an aspiring painter with Vivian Vance as her model as well as Lucy's best pal and roommate Vivian Bagley, to promote the hit TV show 'The Lucy Show'.

Henry Fonda as USN Lt Douglas Roberts in Joshua Logan's magnificent Broadway production of 'Mister Roberts' at the Alvin Theater, Feb 18, 1948 - Jan 6, 1951.

Ethel Waters

Kate Smith

Noel Coward in all his roles for the NBC-TV adaptation of his 1944 film version of 'This Happy Breed', which was broadcast live over 'Ford Star Jubilee' on Sat, May 5, 1956.

Jerry Lewis

1963 CBS Fall Season depicting the Tiffany Network's top comedy stars Griffith, Benny, Ball, Silvers, Thomas & Moore.

'The Dick Van Dyke Show' for cover of Sun, Aug 5, 1962 New York Journal-American TView Section. Dick Van Dyke as Rob Petrie, head writer for "The Alan Brady Show," marvels at the orb in his hand while Morey Amsterdam as Buddy Sorrell jots down a comical tidbit - all while a photo of Mary Tyler Moore as Rob's wife, Laura, wafts next to her hubby while Rose Marie as Rob and Buddy's co-writer Sally Rogers hides in the wastebasket.

Alfred Hitchcock

'The Heiress' starring Basil Rathbone, Wendy Hiller & Peter Cookson

Walter Mathau and Art Carney in the original Broadway production of 'The Odd Couple' by Neil Simon.

'Bridge on the River Kwai', with David Niven, William Holden & Jack Hawkins.

4th of July Celebrants Boris Karloff of NBC-TV 'Thriller' & Jay North of 'Dennis the Menace' for 1962.

'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour' with Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance & William Frawley, plus Guest Star Tallulah Bankhead

'4 for Texas', with (l to r) Ursula Andress, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Anita Ekberg.

'Umbrellas of Cherbourg', w Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo & Anne Vernon.

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. 1963. The madcap treasure hunters are (counterclockwise) Buster Keaton, Edward Everett Horton, Mickey Rooney, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Joe E. Brown, Milton Berle, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar & Spencer Tracy as Capt. Culpepper, with Jimmy Durante as Smiler Grogan in the lower left corner.

Joe E. Brown

"On Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m., Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will sell the lifelong collection of celebrity drawings by George Wachsteter (1911-2004), one of America’s most prominent caricaturists of the mid-20th Century. The collection includes many drawings of well known personalities from the world of film, theater, television, and politics, such as Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Will Rogers, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Walt Disney, Boris Karloff, Alfred Hitchcock, Walter Cronkite, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Johnny Carson.
All lots can be viewed at Live, absentee, telephone, and internet (via and bids are accepted. Call 1-207-354-8141 for more info or to reserve a seat. Previews: Wed. 3/20 thru Fri., 3/22 (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day), and 9:00- 11:00 am on Sat. & Sun., 3/23 & 3/24. We are located on U.S. Route 1 in Thomaston, ME."
Robert Weaver Book Event

Join us for a celebration of the publication of Robert Weaver’s split-level picture-book A Pedestrian View/The Vogelman Diary (Verlag Kettler) on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street in the Bark Room off the lobby. Robert Weaver (1924-1994) remains the most original and influential artist of visual narrative and journalism in the 20th century. Panelists include: Ben Katchor, Saul Leiter, James McMullan, Alexander Roob, Antonia Weaver Pelaez and others.
A few sample pages

Jacques Kapralik part 2
GO WEST (1940) The Marx Brothers
This is my second post highlighting the work of Jacques Kapralik. He's one of my favorite twentieth century celebrity caricaturists (although I admit to having a long list of favorites). I first put together a tribute to his work back in 2009. That blog, Jacques Kapralik part 1, can be found here. It features an entirely different set of images.
W. C. Fields (Paramount Exhibitor Book 1937-38)

THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart

Mae West (Paramount Exhibitor Book 1937-38)


COME LIVE WITH ME (1941) Jimmy Stewart and Hedy Lamarr

20 MULE TEAM (1940) Wallace Beery

THE BAD MAN (1941) Wallace Beery

SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS (1943)  Lana Turner and Robert Young

PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE (1940) Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier

Greata Garbo

Joan Crawford

BEST FOOT FORWARD (1943) Lucille Ball, Harry James


TWO-FACED WOMAN (1941) Melvyn Douglas and Greta Garbo

COMRADE X (1940)Hedy Lamarr and Clark Gable

CROSSROADS (1942) William Powell and Hedy Lamarr

MRS. MINIVER (1942) Walter Pigeon and Greer Garson

LADY BE GOOD (1941) Robert Young, Eleanor Powell and Ann Sothern

STAND BY FOR ACTION (1942) Charles Laughton, Robert Taylor and Brian Donlevy

ANDY HARDY'S PRIVATE SECRETARY (1941) Kathryn Grayson and Mickey Rooney

LITTLE NELLIE KELLY (1940) Judy Garland

I DOOD IT (1943) Red Skelton

BILLY THE KID (1941) Robert Taylor
DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1941) Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman

BOOM TOWN (1940) Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Spencer Tracy and Hedy Lamarr

UNDERCURRENT (1946) Katharine Hepburn and Robert Taylor

THE CLOCK (1945) Robert Walker and Judy Garland

TORTILLA FLATS (1942) Spencer Tracy, Hedy Lamarr and John Garfield

WHEN LADIES MEET (1941) Robert Taylor, Joan Crawford and Greer Garson

ADVENTURE (1945) Greer Garson and Clark Gable

THEY MET IN BOMBAY (1941) Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable

WHISTLING IN THE DARK (1942) Red Skelton

WHITE CARGO (1942) Hedy Lamarr and Walter Pigeon

HOMECOMING (1948) Lana Turner and Clark Gable

CASS TIMBERLANE (1947) Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Zachary Scott

PERSONAL PROPERTY (1937) Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor
WITHOUT LOVE (1940) Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn

PARNELL (1937) Clark Gable and Myrna Loy

THE HUMAN COMEDY (1943)Mickey Rooney

PANAMA HATTIE (1942) Red Skelton and Ann Sothern

WATERLOO BRIDGE (1940) Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor
THIRD FINGER, LEFT HAND (1940) Melvyn Douglas and Myrna Loy

THE CHOCOLATE SOLDIER (1941) Nelson Eddy and Risë Stevens

SHIP AHOY (1942) Tommy Dorsey, Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell

BITTER SWEET (1940) Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald

PRESENTING LILY MARS (1943)  Judy Garland and Van Heflin

Fibber McGee & Molly (1952)
Eddie Cantor (1952)
Milton Berle (1952)
WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Gene Barry and Ann Robinson

THRILL OF A ROMANCE (1945) Esther Williams and Van Johnson
ANDY HARDY'S DOUBLE LIFE (1942) Ann Rutherford and Mickey Rooney
MEN OF BOY'S TOWN (1941) Mickey Rooney and Spencer Tracy
THE FIREFLY (1937) Jeanette MacDonald

WEEK-END AT THE WALDORF (1945) Van Johnson, Lana Turner, Robert Benchley, Walter Pidgeon, Ginger Rogers and Xavier Cugat

Special thanks to Steven Stoliar for identifying some of the films for me and Drew Friedman for the Milton Berle and Eddie Cantor images.
David Sandlin

 David Sandlin

Pennants. The first is an oversized sticker and the second is printed on cloth.

a selection of interior pages from LAND OF 1000s BEERS (1988)

Rare Animation on TCM Oct 21
screen shot from GERALD McBOING BOING (UPA 1951)

Set your DVR for Sunday, October 21. This special evening of seldom seen gems of animation boasts a gallery of TCM premieres. Two animated features from Paramount, Gulliver's Travels (1939) and Mr. Bug Goes to Town (1941), were created in an effort to compete with Disney. The lineup of shorts spotlights a pair of groundbreaking studios whose work has been too long out of circulation. UPA produced such classics as the Oscar®-winning Gerald McBoing Boing (1951) and the nominated The Tell Tale Heart (1954), while NY Studios' silent shorts include Lightning Sketches and The Haunted Hotel, both created in 1907 by J. Stuart Blackton, known as "the father of American Animation."
Hosted by Robert Osborne and Jerry Beck.
Turner Classic Movies: Rare Animation: complete listings including a synopsis for each film
•Max Fleischer’s Gulliver’s Travels (1939) at 8pm Eastern/5pm Pacific

•Max Fleischer’s Mr. Bug Goes To Town (1941) at 9:30pm Eastern/6:30pm Pacific
screen shots from THE TELL-TALE HEART (UPA 1953)

•UPA’s Jolly Frolics at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific
"Released theatrically by Columbia Pictures, the cartoon shorts produced by UPA (United Productions of America) were revolutionary, adopting the contemporary graphics of Modern design and offering non-traditional, provocative storytelling. Giving the animators at Disney, MGM and Warner Bros. a run for their money, UPA earned six nominations and three Academy Awards, and among their classic one-shot cartoons they adapted stories by James Thurber (“A Unicorn in the Garden”) and Edgar Allan Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart” narrated by James Mason). The studio tried to avoid repetition, but nevertheless presented two long-lasting characters in Gerald McBoing Boing (created by Dr. Seuss) and the near-sighted Mr. Magoo."
 The lineup includes  Fudget's Budget (1954), The Unicorn in the Garden (1953, Gerald McBoing Boing (1951), Rooty Toot Toot (1951), The Tell-Tale Heart (1953), Christopher Crumpet (1953) and The Ragtime Bear (1949). 
screen shot from A TRIP TO MARS (1924)
•New York Studio Silent Era Animation from the collection of Tom Stathes at 12 midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific
 Lightning Sketches (1907), Haunted Hotel (1907), Artist's Dream (1913), Out of the Inkwell - Trip to Mars (1924), Fireman Save My Child (1919), The Bomb Idea (1920), Scents and nonsense (1926), Springtime (1923), The Farmerette (1932) and Down on Phoney Farm (1915).

•Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1927) at 1am Eastern/11pm Pacific
"Considered by many to be the first full-length animated film, the story of Lotte Reiniger's mesmerizing work is taken from THE ARABIAN NIGHTS. A young prince embarks on a series of great adventures, including uniting with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountains to save a beautiful princess. Produced in Germany this color-tinted film utilizes laboriously cut out silhouettes to tell its story."
Karl Arnold
 I've often thought of Karl Arnold as a kind of George Grosz with a sunnier disposition though not too much sunnier. Here's a collection of his drawings. As always I'm not going to burden you wih my commentary but allow the artist to speak for himself through his images.



















"Karl Arnold (1883-1953) was not only a famous political caricaturist for the magazine Simplicissimus - unlike almost any other artist of his generation; he was an astute observer, capturing the character and characters of his age in pencil. Although he no longer occupies as prominent a position as a draughtsman as his somewhat younger contemporaries, Otto Dix and George Grosz, our image of life in the 1920s and 30s was nonetheless decisively shaped by his observations and pictorial ideas, his depictions of glamour and the rifts in society.
After studying painting at the Munich academy, in 1907 his first drawings appeared in Simplicissimus and Die Jugend. From 1917 onwards, Arnold's work was a regular feature in Simplicissimus, alongside that of his colleagues Olaf Gulbransson and Thomas Theodor Heine." source:
A Box Of Magazines 33

R. O. Blechman illustrated forty covers for STORY. These are what I have in my collection. I wish I had them all. I've been a great fan of Blechman's work for a long, long time. His art has always given me a place to breathe.





Cartoons About Modern Art
A selection of cartoons from A CHILD OF SIX COULD DO IT! published by The Tate Gallery in conjunction with a 1973 exhibition on the same theme.

 By Popular Demand---the complete FRANK TASHLIN'S HOW TO CREATE CARTOONS, published 1952.
 Frank Tashlin had achieved recognition as a children's writer when he entered the film industry to work in the animation units at Disney and Warner Bros. Both of these early careers would have decisive import for the major films that Tashlin would direct in the 1950s. This early experience allowed Tashlin to see everyday life as a visually surreal experience, as a kind of cartoon itself, and gave him a faith in the potential for natural experience to resist the increased mechanization of everyday life. Tashlin's films of the 1950s are great displays of cinematic technique, particularly as it developed in a TV-fearing Hollywood. They featured a wide-screen sensibility, radiant color, frenetic editing, and a deliberate recognition of film as film. Tashlin's films often resemble live versions of the Warners cartoons. Jerry Lewis, who acted in many of Tashlin's films, seemed perfect for such a visual universe with his reversions to a primal animality, his deformations of physicality, and his sheer irrationality. Tashlin's films are also concerned with the ways the modern world is becoming more and more artificial; the films are often filled with icons of the new mass culture (rock and roll, comic books, television, muscle men, Jayne Mansfield, Hollywood) and are quite explicit about the ways such icons are mechanically produced within a consumer society. For example, in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, the successful romance of Rita Marlow (Jayne Mansfield) causes other women to engage in dangerous bust-expanding exercises to the point of nervous exhaustion. Yet the very critique of mass culture by an artist working in a commercial industry creates the central contradiction of Tashlin's cinema: if the danger of modern life is its increasing threat of mechanization, then what is the critical potential of an art based on mechanization? Significantly, Tashlin's films can be viewed as a critique of the ostentatious vulgarity of the new plastic age while they simultaneously seem to revel in creating ever better and more spectacular displays of sheer technique to call attention to that age. The Girl Can't Help It, for instance, chronicles the making of a non-talent (Jayne Mansfield) into a star, viewing the process with a certain cynicism but at the same time participating in that process. These films are vehicles for Mansfield as Mansfield, and are thus somewhat biographical. As with Jerry Lewis, serious treatment of Tashlin began in France, especially in the pages of Positif, which has always had an attraction to the comic film as an investigator of the Absurd. Anglo-American criticism tended to dismiss Tashlin; for example, Andrew Sarris in American Cinema called him "vulgar". In such a context, Claire Johnston and Paul Willemen's Frank Tashlin had the force of a breakthrough, providing translations from French journals and analyses of the cinematic and ideological implications of tashlin's work. DANA B. POLAN



Porky Pig’s Feat contains the first use of the music "Powerhouse" in a cartoon. Composed by Raymond Scott, "Powerhouse" became iconic through its use in over forty Warner Bros. cartoons

“According to Georges Sadoul, Frank Tashlin is a second-rank director has never done a remake of You Can’t Take It With You or The Awful Truth. According to me, my colleague errs in mistaking a closed door for an open one. In fifteen years’ time, people will realize that The Girl Can’t Help It served then — that is, today  –  as a fountain of youth from which the cinema now — that is, in the future — has drawn fresh inspiration ….To sum up, Frank Tashlin has not renovated the Hollywood comedy. He has done better. There is not a difference in degree between Hollywood or Bust and It Happened One Night, between The Girl Can’t Help It and Design For Living, but a difference in kind. Tashlin, in other words, has not renewed but created. And henceforth, when you talk about a comedy, don’t say ‘It’s Chaplinesque’; say, loud and clear, ‘‘It’s Tashlinesque’.“--- Jean-Luc Godard, Cahiers du Cinéma, July 1957

"Canter through Coventry" original oil painting by Frank Tashlin.
Q: It seems that compromise is an essential part of pictures.
Tashlin: Unfortunately, it's nothing but compromise until you earn the right not to have to. Censorship, producers, stars. I get pretty morose when something goes wrong, so I go home on weekends and paint. I love to paint. Doesn't matter if it's good or bad. If someone tells me, "I don't like that yellow,' I can say, 'Screw you.'

Tashlinesque: The Hollywood Comedies of Frank Tashlin: Tashlin is finally given his due in this career-spanning survey. Tashlinesque considers the director's films in the contexts of Hollywood censorship, animation history, and the development of the genre of comedy in American film, with particular emphasis on the sex, satire, and visual flair that comprised Tashlin's distinctive artistic and comedic style. Through close readings and pointed analyses of Tashlin's large and fascinating body of work, Ethan de Seife offers fresh insights into such classic films as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Girl Can't Help It, Artists and Models, The Disorderly Orderly, and Son of Paleface, as well as numerous Warner Bros. cartoons starring Porky Pig, among others. This is an important rediscovery of a highly unusual and truly hilarious American artist.

Antonio Frasconi
The Bull (My Turn), 1952, from a series of woodcuts THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN showing common scenes and situations in reverse.

Antonio Frasconi. Frasconi was born in Argentina in 1919, raised in Uruguay, and moved to the US in 1945. Working in woodcuts, Frasconi is well known for his powerful, often politically inspired, book and magazine illustration, but he also generated a wealth of innovative work geared toward children, heavily inspired by the birth of his two sons, Pablo and Miguel. Among the items on display in this exhibition are elegant alphabet books, intricately cast plaster blocks, and original artwork from a few of Frasconi's best loved children's books. The ease with which Frasconi transfered his passionate art-making from intensely serious adult subjects to playful, thought provoking children's themes speaks volumes about the quality of his work, and the dedication of his character as an artist: there's no question about which projects he throws his heart and soul into - they simply permeate everything he makes."
 This is a gernerous helping of his work but it only scratches the surface of this prolific artist.

Caged Man, from a series of woodcuts THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN showing common scenes and situations in reverse.



View from Brooklyn

The Fulton Fish Market, 1953

The Fulton Fish Market, 1953
Fishing, from a series of woodcuts THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN showing common scenes and situations in reverse.

Shepherd, from a series of woodcuts THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN showing common scenes and situations in reverse.

In the Doghouse.Woodcut, 1952.

from a series of woodcuts THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN showing common scenes and situations in reverse.

Guns, 1962, from Oda a Lorca

from the series VIETNAM, 1967

from the series VIETNAM, 1967

from the series VIETNAM, 1967

from the series VIETNAM, 1967

from the series VIETNAM, 1967

front and back cover of Christmas card published by The Museum of Modern Art
cover of Christmas card published by The Museum of Modern Art

cover of Christmas card published by The Museum of Modern Art. It's almost a crime to present this in black and white, I'm sure the colors are amazing, but it's all I have.

Maurice Sendak 1928 – 2012

 A lot has been written and said about Maurice Sendak since we all learned of his death on May 9 but I thought it was only fitting that there be a space on Drawger for all of you Drawgers and non-Drawgers alike to share your comments, thoughts, reflections and recollections.

 I met Maurice Sendak on a couple of occasions over the years. The most memorable was at a small private party at Simon & Schuster to celebrate the re-publication by Margaret K. Elderry Books of his and Beatrice Schenk De Regniers' WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A SHOE? The party was to be for the staff in the children's book division but I begged and begged until they agreed to sneak me in. At the party Mr. Sendak graciously signed books for everyone. When it came to me I asked him to sign it to me and my wife, Aviva. He heard me incorrectly and began to write down a different name than Aviva.  When I corrected him, instead of simply crossing out the misspelling and completing the inscription, he turned his mistake into this drawing of a Wild Thing. It was the only drawing he did that day at the signing. I was honored and have treasured the book ever since. Like everyone, I'm a huge fan and a great admirer of his work.
 I added a few images to balance out the post but I'm sure his work needs no introduction to any of you.
"Tzippy," pencil sketch on vellum tracing paper. Sendak named the Wild Things after his uncles and aunts: Tzippy, Moishe, Aaron, Emile and Bernard.

Max, Moishe, Tzippy and Bernard.


The following four images are sketches from 1988 for a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.

VARIETY 1997--"Dayton's Santabear is outfitted like a "Nutcracker" toy soldier this year and his companion, Miss Bear, is dolled up as a Sugar Plum Fairy, all cuddly and adorable. But you can almost hear children's book illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose version of "The Nutcracker" is the centerpiece of Dayton's holiday celebration, barking out a few "bahs" and "blahs."

Sendak's non-cuddly "Nutcracker" stage designs and book illustrations were used for this year's animated holiday display in Dayton's downtown Minneapolis store. It's a typically elaborate affair with 150 characters and 22 walk-through tableaux - not to mention the Sendak shopping bags, cards and ornaments tied to the annual display."

Terrific collection of interviews dating from 1989 to 2011 Terry Gross: Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak
This Godless Communism
The Treasure Chest of Fun & Fact was a Catholic comic book published by George A. Pflaum of Dayton, Ohio and provided to Catholic parochial school students between 1946 and 1972. THIS GODLESS COMMUNISM was featured in ten bi-monthly issues from sept 1961 to June 1962. The series was illustrated by Reed Crandall. Click here to see examples of his work for Blackhawk Comics in the 1940s and EC in the 50s.

Drew Friedman Exhibit & Book

 Drew Friedman easily ranks among the greatest of contemporary illustrators. His caricatures and portraits have always been a welcome treat to my eyes since I first began seeing his work back in the mid-eighties. The most difficult part of putting together this post was trying to edit the image downs to the essentials. I'm not sure I succeeded in that.  Even with the great amount of images I've included in this post it's still only scratching the surface of the myriad of brilliant drawings Drew has done over the years. Maybe his entire body of work is essential. So as well as alerting you to his upcoming exhibit at the Scott Eder Gallery and Fantagaphics republishing his classic LIVING OR DEAD it's just my way of finding an excuse to honor his immense talent.
photo credit: Trent Thompson

 I have a paticular affection for these two drawings of Groucho Marx. One because I have a great affection for Groucho Marx and two because Drew has captured him so beautifully. Although there have been many wonderful caricatures of Groucho over the years, artists often choose to depict the Groucho of his movie hey-day and more often still they let the eyebrows, moustache and cigar carry their drawings thereby missing the man underneath the greasepaint and smoke. Here Drew depicts him as he appeared on his quiz show and in old age. I remember being stunned when I first saw the top drawing. I could hear his voice and feel the movement of his lips which may sound odd to the uninitiated but I trust true Grouchphiles will understand exactly what I mean. I guess what I'm saying is that Drew moved past the obvious and revealed the essence of the man in both drawings. Actually, as you scroll through these drawings you'll find that's true for all of them.

What follows are images from the recently reissued "Any Similarity To Persons Living Or Dead Is Purely Coincedental. First published in 1986 it has gone on to become a classic. If you don't already have this in your personal library now's your chance to rectify that situation. You may order your copy here.

Frank Zappa was a fan of the book's original edition as seen in this video beginning at 2:05

Even More André François









More André François

 Selections from THE TATTOOED SAILOR (Knopf, 1953)


















Picasso's One-liners

I bought this book for my kids back when they were born in 1998. I've since snuck it out of their collection and added it to mine. Just so you don't think I'm too mean my kids have access to all of the books in the apartment. It was published by Workman in 1997. It's currently out of print. I've selected some of the images to share here.

  Picasso's "one-liners" constitute a small but delightful contribution to the artist's great body of drawings. His preeminence as a draughtsman has long been recognized, but the unique nature of his one-liners has never been fully examined, or collected together in a single volume. Picasso's One-Liners, featuring 50 of the drawings, offers a fascinating look at this whimsical side of Picasso's work.
 Defined simply, one-liners are drawings in which the artist's drawing implement touches the paper and is not lifted until the drawing is finished. Picasso worked this way in a variety of media, including pencil, pen and ink, brush, even light crayon. His subjects included harlequins, musicians, circus scenes, and animals. Each drawing is worth careful study, for by following the vibrant line closely, one's eyes take a wonderful roller-coaster ride.



Illustrated Record Sleeves

Album covers are one of the lost arts of the previous century. Their 12 inch by 12 inch format was ideal for illustrators  to present their work to a wider audience. Often the contents of the record and the cover art were inseparable in the mind of the consumer. Looking at the cover art for a favored album immediately starts the recording itself playing in one's head. I don't know of a comporable format for illustrators in today's market. I skipped a lot of musical genres since many of those covers have been collected in books (see links at the botton of this page).
 The lps here are from my own collection. My records now mostly take up up closet space. My turntable has been gathering dust for over a decade.
In previous posts I spotlighted the record sleeve art of Gary Panter and Cal Shenkel. I started this post some time ago and kept coming back to it. lt got a lot larger than I originally intended it to be. Very few of the records depicted here made the transition to cds and of those that did fewer retained the original artwork. The popularity of digital formats has made the association between the graphic arts and recordings all but disappear..
 I trust there's something of interest to be found here for all designers and illustrators. Think of it as a box of records.
 I'll begin with a few Jack Davis covers that don't appear in the new anthology Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture: a Career Retrospective.

Jack Davis 1964

Jack Davis (1965)

Jack Davis (1958)

Jack Rickard (1966)

Tomi Ungerer (1964)

Everett Aison (1961)

John Alcorn (1974)

uncredited (1973)

Charles Gehm (1975)

Guy Peelaert (1976)
Farmett, Barsanti & assoc. (1969)

Saul Bass (1980)

Leo Kouper (1959, rereleased 1970s)
Ajay (1949)

Frank Tashlin (1946)

uncredited (1949)

uncredited (1946)

uncredited (1952)

Ed Nofziger (1956)

uncredited (1954)

uncredited (1986)

 William S. Harvey  (1956)

Emory Douglas (1969)

Mark Beyer (1989)


Mark Beyer (1989)

uncredited (1951)

uncredited (1952)


Ray Gonsalves/Smith-Clippinger & Assoc. (1960)

Alexander (1961)

Dick Hendler (1965)

Basset Hand Graphics (1969)

Warren Linn (1971)

Mort Drucker (1971)

Gilbert Stone (1972)

Bill Hickson (1976)

Mike Byron (1976)

Nick Taggart (1978)
Promotional pinback

uncredited (1962)

uncredited (1962)

Leo and Diane Dillon (1960)
Volume 2

Fritz Eichenberg (1969)

Hiram Ash (1956)

uncredited (1965)

Robert Osborn (1967)

Al Hirschfeld (1953)

Fritz Eichenberg (1958)

Russo (1963)

Russo (1964)

uncredited (1959)

uncredited (1957)

Antonio Frasconi (1957)

Antonio Frasconi (1952)

uncredited (1961)

Sally Stillman (1973)
David Levine (1964)

Leo and Diane Dillon (1959)
Leo and Diane Dillon (1961)

Leo and Diane Dillon (1961)
Joseph Low (1957)

John Solie (1975)

Art Director: J. J. Stelmach


Alan Saret (1973) Philip Glass: Music In Similar Motion/Music In Fifths

Milton Glaser (1979)

Sol Lewitt (1974)
Milton Glaser (1980)
Joe Davis (1981)

John Cage (1978)

uncredited (1960) for more of this type Project Thirty-Three

Saul Bolasni (1955)
Tom Allen (1957)
Ben Shahn (1958)
uncredited (1962)

Paul Davis (1976)

Linne? (1958)
Tom Allen (1964)
Wattley (1954)
Carroll (1963)

Milton Glaser (1969, rereleased 1977)

Milton Glaser (1978)

William Stout (1981)

Robert Crumb (1978)

 R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection gathers every album sleeve he’s done to date, along with tons of posters and other music-related ephemera.

Robert Crumb (1973)

Robert Crumb (1978)

Jean Cocteau (1952)
 To close out this post, album covers featuring illustrations by Edward Lear and John Tenniel. The records were released in 1957 and 1959.

Classic Comedians
Harpo Marx
Drawings by Gardener Leaver
Ed Wynn
Groucho Marx
Jimmy Durante
Charlie Chaplin

German Postcard 1902

 I added a few examples of artists working with appropriated imagery. it's hardly comprehensive. Obviously I could have included many more but I'd be scanning and posting for weeks.
Marcel Duchamp, L.H.O.O.Q., 1919

Hannah Hoch, Cut with the Kitchen Knife through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany 1919-20

Raoul Hausmann, Tatlin At Home, 1920

Kurt Schwitters, Merzbeld 32A Das Kirschbild (The Cherry Orchard), 1921

Max Ernst, The Voice of the Reverend Dulac Dessale: "Hey, little ones, where were you tomorrow?" Marceline and Marie (with one voice): "We are twenty centuries old today and a little more." (from "A Little Girl Dreams Of Taking The Veil"), 1930

Nicolas de Lecuona, Sin titulo, 1934
John Heartfield 1936

Pablo Picasso 1957

Pablo Picasso 1957

Pablo Picasso 1957

Pablo Picasso 1957

Joseph Cornell, Parrot for Juan Gris, Winter 1953-54; “rejuvenated” June 24, 1957

Mimmo Rotella, I due evasi, 1960

Tomi Ungerer 1960

Tomi Ungerer 1960

Tomi Ungerer 1960

M Sasek 1961

M Sasek 1961

M Sasek 1961
Andy Warhol, Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times, 1963

Robert Rauschenberg, Retroactive 1, 1964
Peter Blake, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967

Romare Bearden 1968

Terry Gilliam 1969-1974
Kjartan Slettemark, Nixon Visions, 1971

Frank Film, Frank MOURIS, 1973 by shortanimatedworld
 Frank Mouris, Frank Film 1973 Oscar Winner Best Animated Short
Jamie Reid 1977

Peter Kennard 1983

Jonathan Hernandez, Rongwrong, 2004-5

 Shepard Fairey 2009
Lou Beach, World of Men, 2010
A Child's Book of the Teeth

A CHILD'S BOOK of the TEETH by Harrison Wader Ferguson, D.D.S., Illustrated by the Author (World Book Company, originally published 1918, this edition 1932)

Gary Panter box

 A few years ago I bought a small drawing from Gary Panter. He decided to hand deliver it. Along the way from Brooklyn to Manhattan he got stuck on the subway and started drawing on the box that contained the drawing. This is the box.

 A few envelopes from over the years.

Panter & Katchor Events

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to announce an exhibition of twenty paintings by Gary Panter. Widely recognized as one of the most significant and influential graphic artists of the last thirty years, Panter’s “punk nuclear hillbilly” aesthetic has helped define a post-psychedelic graphic style.

In many ways Gary Panter is the black sheep of a family whose patriarch is Sigmar Polke and whose favored sons and daughters lived an...d exhibited in New York in the early 1980’s. Panter, however, was based in Los Angeles and stayed true to his punk roots by paring down his work to the raw essentials and opening his painting practice to include illustration, set design, music, writing, and later on, light shows.

Less concerned with theories of production and the structure of meaning, Panter focuses on an overall cultural energy where non-sequential narratives are formed by the clash of expressionist abstraction and cartoon primitivism. These layered compositions display a prescience in a wide range of contemporary painting from Takashi Murakami and Lari Pittman to Andre Butzer and Jonathan Meese.

Mike Kelley writes: “Gary Panter is a godhead…I find it hard to believe that Mr. Basquiat’s word clusters and broken-line approach did not borrow heavily from the genius of Gary Panter.”

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday; 10am to 6 pm. For more information on Gary Panter or other gallery artists contact us by phone at (212) 633-6555 or Fax at (212) 633-7372 or visit us at

 Set in The New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and in the environs of Times Square circa 1970, Up From the Stacks is the story of Lincoln Cabinée, a college student working part-time as a page, retrieving books for readers from the Library’s collection of 43 million items. This routine evening job inadvertently thrusts young Cabinée into the treacherous crossroads of scholarly obsession and the businesses of amusement and vice that then flourished in the 42nd Street area. The intellectual life of the city and the happiness of a young man hang in the balance.
Co-commissioned by the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at The New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for Target Free Thursdays at the David Rubenstein Atrium.
Four performances:
Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6pm at The New York Public LIbrary for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, Bruno Walter Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4 and Wednesday, October 5, 2011 both at 7pm at The New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. and 42nd St. (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) South Court Auditorium
Register here for free seats:

Thursday, October 6, 2011 at 8:30 at The David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (Broadway at 62nd St.)

All performances are free.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7pm, free.
Readings by Ben Katchor and Michael Kupperman
Book Court, 163 Court St., bet. Dean and Pacific Sts. (718-875-3677)

Sauturday, October 15, 2011
Twin Cities Book Festival
Minneapolis Community & Technical College
Reading from The Cardboard Valise

Wisconsin Book Festival
October 19 - 23, 2011
Wisconsin Book Festival
Reading from The Cardboard Valise

Ernie Bushmiller Illos

 THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE: A Handbook for Hobos by Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson) published in 1930 by The Vanguard Press.

Short Biography of Nels Anderson by Arthur J. Vidich
Nels Anderson's study, The Hobo: The Sociology of the Homeless Man, published as Vol. I of the Sociological Series of the University of Chicago in 1923, was based in part on his personal experience of the hobo world. Anderson, who arrived at the University in 1921, had some experience in hobo life, and his teachers were alert to encourage him to capitalize on his unique firsthand knowledge. They saw an obvious opportunity to connect one of the most characteristic urban districts, the hobo area, with a broader sociological interest in movement, isolation and disorganization.
Nels Anderson knew life in the bummery at first hand. He was a migratory worker in the frontier West for more than ten years, during which he lived in the world of the hobo, tramp, bum, gandy-dancer, skinner, bridge snake, jungle buzzard, panhandler, notch house and shanty queen. It was a world that he has neither idealized nor morally rejected, but has reported as an observer who understood that the hobo was an essential part of the frontier labor market; only later and not by Anderson has the frontier been romanticized. The authenticity and durability of his study rests much less on the interviewing he did in the Madison Street area of Chicago than on his earlier experiences in life.
During the 1920s worked in Chicago for the Home for the Incurables and the Juvenile Protective Association, participated in the Hobo College and was associated with the Municipal Lodging House. He took classes at New York University and received his Ph.D. in 1930 at the age of forty.
During the great economic depression of the 1930s he worked in Albany, New York for then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Hopkins: to organize a program for the homeless in Buffalo under the State Relief Administration. Later, during the depression, when Harry Hopkins became head of the Federal Emergency Relief Administration in Washington, Anderson went with him and was appointed Labor Relations Officer in that agency. SOURCE: THE MILK AND HONEY ROUTE (1930)Dean Stiff (Nels Anderson)

The M.D. sign in the Sunday Page above reads "J. LOPP."

SOI RS Show in NY Post
From Saturday's print edition of the New York Post, an article about the current exhibit, Rolling Stone and the Art of the Record Review, at the Society of Illustrators by Gregory E. Miller. Below are screen shots which can currently be seen at the Post's website.

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Caricatures by Nerman

 Einar Nerman (6 October 1888, Norrköping – 1983) was a Swedish artist. He was born and grew up in middle class family in the working-class city of Norrköping and was the younger brother of the Swedish Communist leader Ture Nerman. Einar Nerman also had a twin brother, Birger Nerman, who was an archeologist.
Einar Nerman dropped out of his Norrköping Gymnasium High School in 1905 and moved to Stockholm to study art. In 1908 he moved to France for many years to pursue his interest in art, studying with Matisse at the Academie Matisse in Paris.

  When he came back to Sweden in 1912 he started studying music and taking dance lessons. In the 1920s Nerman lived in London and drew images for The Tatler. During World War II, he lived and worked in New York.
Einar Nerman wrote songs and music and composed music and to many of his brother Ture Nerman’s poems. He also made many of the artistic book covers for his Communist brother's published writings.

  Einar Nerman also made illustrations for many of the books by Selma Lagerlöf. In Sweden today, he is mostly known, or unknown, for being the man behind the art of the Solstickan matchbox. He also made some famous drawings of Greta Garbo, one of which was used on a postage stamp in 2005, a hundred years after the moviestar's birth.
A book of his drawings appeared in 1976: Caught in the Act (Harrap, London) with an introduction by his friend, lyricist Sandy Wilson. It contained many caricatures of friends in the London theatre world. From 1922 to 1930 he was the theatre cartoonist for The Tatler and also worked for the fashionable magazine Eve. The book is dedicated to Ivor Novello whom he had met in Stockholm in 1918. In the 1940s in New York he worked for the Journal-American. There is much additional information in Caught in the Act, as well as examples of his work, sometimes said to be "Beardsleyesque."
source: Wikipedia

 Whether at the theatre, concert hall or Hollywood studio, Nerman sketched his subjects from life before returning to his studio to work out the finished drawings.

"As for the idol, Clark Gable, he didn't seem to care whether he sat for me as the handsome hero of "Gone With the Wind" or in uncombed and unshaven privacy looking as if he swallowed a hair-mattress."

 All of the images in this post were first published in CARICATURE BY NERMAN (American Studio Books, 1946)
Zach Trenholm just sent me this article published in The Virgin Island Daily News in 1964.

Katchor: The Cardboard Valise

 This post is to alert you to two Ben Katchor events. The first is the recent publication of his latest book "The Cardboard Valise."
 Ben's been a friend for many years. He has one of the richest imaginations and minds of anyone I've known and I've know quite a few rich minds and imaginations over the years. Reading his picture-stories has been one of the great pleasures of my life. I'm always happy for a new collection. This latest one doesn't dissapoint.

 The New York Times calls Ben Katchor, "the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip." In recognition of his innovative use of the cartoon medium, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation gave Katchor one of its prestigious fellowships (colloquially know as "MacArthur Genius Grants").

In bestowing its fellowship, the MacArthur Foundation said, "Katchor has distilled through the medium of the comic strip an art rich with history, sociology, fiction and poetry. His meditations on urban life represent a sustained effort to re imagine the history of New York, recalling the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century city of words, with its hundreds of placards and signs, inscriptions and sandwich boards, lost places of entertainment and instruction, and forgotten forms of craft and industry."

"Mr. Katchor should take comfort and a great deal of pride in knowing that he has created the most original comic strip since George Herriman introduced 'Krazy Kat' more than 80 years ago." - New York Times Book Review

AND Some reviews for The Cardboard Valise.

 (starred review) In this winsomely haunting graphic novel from Katchor. . . Set in a world tilted about 45 degrees away from reality . . .  Rarely have books that made this little sense made so much sense. (Feb.) –Publisher’s Weekly
Katchor . . . does what every great artist does: clarifies things you knew but didn’t know you knew, or didn’t know how to articulate. Spend some time with his work, and then take a walk.  –Newsweek

Ben Katchor is the best world-builder in comics today. –The Comics Journal

“. . .  a work of great beauty and eccentricity . . . [Katchor] performs that often promised yet rarely accomplished feat of transforming the mundane into the sublime. –The Globe and Mail

“. . . the reader finds herself pulled in a new direction with every page, deep into a city far more interesting than our own . . .” – The Washington Post

“Wonderful…a pleasantly flimsy repository for an inexhaustible imagination. Open to any page and you’ll be surprised anew.” –The Washington Post

“It’s in those spaces where understanding eludes the reader and where meaning nonetheless makes itself felt, that Katchor’s signature poetry lies.” –Publishers Weekly Comics Weekly

“Defies narrative convention…creatively charged.” –Kirkus

“Artist and storyteller Katchor has achieved the goal Borges only imagined. Exiting this oneiric, shamanic, yet utterly naturalistic and sensual masterpiece, the reader steps out into a revitalized continuum richer and more exotic than the one he or she inhabited prior to the reading, a realm full of strange, alluring and bewildering lands, populated by oddball folks with odder customs.  Never again will our common globe seem like a small, homogenous, boring place…The Cardboard Valise is worldbuilding on the order of Jan Morris’s Hav, Austin Tappan Wright’s Islandia, Brian Aldiss’s Malacia, and Ursula Le Guin’s Orsinia: places that are attached to our world by extradimensional roads, down which only the sharpest and most sensitive of literary guides can lead one.  Get your ticket immediately!” –Barnes and Noble Review
“A surreal travelogue…a vast panorama of humane hamburger stands, exquisitely ethereal ethnic restaurants, ancient restroom ruins and wilds tracts of land that fit neatly next to high-rise hotels.” –Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“History, humor, and a generous dose of surrealness combine to make you think you’re walking down the back streets of Oz…Katchor is plainly steeped in the tropes of his craft, but ultimately he is uncategorizable, a man apart.”–Culture Books

“Katchor is the best world-builder in comics today…The Cardboard Valise feels like something you can open up, fall into, and stroll around in. It’s fascinating and funny and endlessly enveloping to look at, but its delights and distortions alike are ultimately a reflection of ourselves.” –The Comics Journal

“Anyone familiar with [Katchor’s] work will recognize his grotesque eccentrics (or maybe his eccentric grotesques), the off-kilter angles and depths of field in every panel, not to mention the banal objects granted strange value and the wonderful prose…There is an exhilaration and freedom here—a license to invent and destroy.” –Tablet Magazine

“Katchor’s work has the unusual distinction of being known…for its startling poetry, dreamily familiar urban landscapes, and revelations about the arcane systems and inner workings of city life…provocative, moving work.” –

“Katchor has made an entire world out of his narrow domain, and it’s as rich and vast (and sad and hilarious) a world as any writer or artist working today has concocted.” –Shelfari

“The appearance of a new Katchor collection is always reason to celebrate… Katchor is a true, rare, untarnished New York treasure — the kind of artist who can concoct a fantastical made-up world, but one that ensures you’ll never see the real world in quite the same way again.” –The 6th Floor blog

“His whimsical, mournful metaphysical verbal gags and scratchy visual poems are at once the most conceptual and conversational comics being made, and for my taste the best ever made…it’s only March, but surely Katchor is the automatic writer-artist of the year.” –ComicCritique Blog

Covarrubius Harlem 1927
MOTHER (Frontispiece)

 Miguel Covarrubias is best remembered as a celebrity caricaturist. He came to the United States from Mexico at the age of nineteen and was an immediate sensation. In Humanities, Johanna Rizzo writes, "Soon after his arrival in New York in 1923, Miguel Covarrubias was introduced to Carl Van Vechten--novelist, photographer, critic, and general tastemaker--who opened the world of the smart set to the young artist he thought to be a genius...The two lunched at the Algonquin, and after Covarrubias had impressed Dorothy Parker and the other wits of the Round Table gathered there, Van Vechten set up a meeting with Vanity Fair. Covarrubias's work for the magazine made him famous."
 "Through (Carl Van Vechten), Covarrubias became involved with the writers and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, both personally and professionally. He illustrated The Weary Blues for Langston Hughes, who declared that Covarrubias was “the only artist I know whose Negro things have a ‘Blues touch about them.’” In 1927…Covarrubias published Negro Drawings, which drew on his observations of Harlem and its residents. The book contained a number of images the artist termed “type sketches” of African Americans of the jazz age…Although exaggeration of form and behavior is one of the hallmarks of caricature, these images seem to be also about dance and movement as racial behaviors. Countee Cullen, for example, wrote: “This young Mexican has an uncanny feeling for the comical essence behind those characters he chooses to portray; he does not choose to portray all, however, apparently finding the most interesting types in the cabarets. He is especially successful in capturing the illusion of motion.” Critics of the time celebrated the images for being free of caricature, despite some obvious references to ideas of black rhythm. Covarrubias himself declared, “I don’t consider my drawings caricatures. They are – well – they are drawings. A caricature is the exaggerated character of an individual for satirical purpose. These drawings are more from a serious point of view.” ---source: Enter the New Negroes: Images of Race in American Culture by Martha Jane Nadell
 At the time, Covarrubias shared a studio with the painter Al Hirschfeld , who later turned to caricature. He reminisced, “Once Miguel became involved with the Harlem Renaissance, he had good reason for never being at the studio. If you wanted him for something important, he could be found uptown attending some performances or sitting in a nightclub busy making hundreds of sketches. Some of these he would later turn into marvelous paintings.” ---source: Miguel Covarubbias: 4 Miradas/4 Visions, essay ‘Miguel Covarubbias and the Emerging Image of Harlem’ by Adriana Williams
 “Miguel’s contribution to the Harlem Renaissance is justifiably arguable. While he intentionally challenged old stereotypes, he unintentionally begat new ones. Nevertheless, his work is significant for documenting the emergence of the new spirit that rose out of Harlem in the twenties, a spirit that he understood and frankly admired and wanted to learn more about.” ---source: Covarrubias by Adriana Williams
Images selected from "NEGRO DRAWINGS" by Miguel Covarrubias (Alfred A. Knopf 1927) The book consists of fifty-six full-page plates divided into four sections: Varia, The Theatre, The Cabarets, Three Cuban Women.






NUDE (Varia)

BLUES SINGER (The Theatre)

CHORUS GIRL (The Theatre)

CAKE WALK (The Theatre)

STRUT (The Theatre)

THE STOMP (The Theatre)



ORCHESTRA (In The Cabarets)

COUPLE DANCING (In The Cabarets)

THE BOLITO KING (In The Cabarets)

CABARET TYPE (In The Cabarets)

ENTERTAINER (In The Cabarets)

ENTERTAINER (In The Cabarets)

GIRL AT TABLE (In The Cabarets)

WAITER (In The Cabarets)

RHAPSODY IN BLUE (In The Cabarets)---as it's reproduced in the book

HEAD (Three Cuban Women)

WOMAN WITH BASKET (Three Cuban Women)
Royal Wedding 1981

 As the world’s media and royalphiles gear up for another one, here’s Ralph Steadman’s take on the last dream royal wedding: Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer. This was offered as a poster by PRIVATE EYE back in 1981. I bought a copy. It still cracks me up
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Gary Panter record sleeves
A Side

Mostly from my vinyl, a selection of jacket art by Gary Panter.
B Side



GARY PANTER: PRAY FOR SMURPH (Overheat Records 1983)




VARIOUS ARTISTS: SMACK MY CRACK (Giorno Poetry Institute, Inc. 1987)

THE PLUGZ: BETTER LUCK (Fatima Recordz 1981)

Plugz: Achin/La Bamba (7", Fatima 1981)

VARIOUS ARTISTS: BUY OR DIE! (Ralph Records 1980) EP
VARIOUS ARTISTS: BUY OR DIE! (Ralph Records 1980) EP


VARIOUS ARTISTS: BUY OR DIE 1981 (Ralph Records 1981) EP



SNAKEFINGER (Ralph Records 1979)







Cal Schenkel

My appreciation of Cal Shenkel's work began around forty years ago when I first discovered the music of Frank Zappa. Beginning in 1967, Schenkel was the in-house artist/art director for Zappa and his Bizarre/Straight record labels. Along with Zappa his work also appeared on albums by Captain Beefheart, The GTOs, Tom Waits, The Fugs and Wildman Fischer among others. In the time of vinyl, album cover art was an integral part of the entire package. The art and music were of a piece. I can't think of another pairing of artists that explified this better than Schenkel and Zappa. Both embodied an aesthetic than ran counter to the prevailing counter-culture. His work has been deeply influential. Schenkel's many acolytes include Gary Panter and Matt Groening. In my head I have my own personal Illustrators Hall Of Fame. Cal was inducted with the first class.
 In the links at the bottom of this thread are to two interviews that fill in a lot of biographical information. When selecting art for this post I focused on his paintings, drawings and assemblages dating from his earliest work with Zappa to the present.
"When I first met him (Zappa) in New York, the art studio was in his apartment – but that was only for a brief period. I didn’t actually live there, but I would commute to work at his place. When we moved to LA when he had rented the log cabin, I had a wing of it. It was my living quarters and art studio, which I rented separately from him. There was probably more of a chance to fraternize when I lived in that close proximity than when I didn’t, but even when I lived in my own place I’d be hanging out a lot and listening to what he was doing with the music. I think that it was just that I happened to fit the mold. I’m not sure I totally did understand it, but it just happened to coincide with what I was doing. I liked working in a lot of different directions and doing very eclectic stuff and working in different styles and Frank was doing that with his music."---Cal Schenkel

We're Only In It For The Money (1968)

Design: Cal Schenkel, Photography: Jerry Schatzberg

"It was Frank's concept, and it was just a question of parodying what already existed. First Frank did a little sketch of the cover and said, 'I want to find all these people and get them and put them in the picture.' And there were like 100 people. We started to try and get people and it was just impossible. Jimi Hendrix was the only live person there other than the Mothers and the corporate members and Herb Cohen (manager), Tom Wilson (executive producer) and a few others like Gail (Zappa). The rest were just found images, some of them came out of Frank's High School year Book and there were some old pictures I had...This was the first job I did. It was a very complicated piece and I had no idea what I was doing, but the printers for MGM were actually printing the Sgt Pepper job so they were able to help me match the look really well, in fact we printed the insert sheets with Sgt Pepper on the same press run." *

We're Only In It For The Money insert cut-outs

print advertisement for the album 1968

Cruising With Ruben & The Jets (1968)

"When we were still in New York, I started working on the Ruben & The Jets story, which is connected with the Uncle Meat story in which this old guy turns this teenage band into these dog spout people. That came out of my love for comics and anthropomorphic animals." *

Uncle Meat insert booklet (front cover)

Trout Mask Replica (1969)

"The original concept came from Don Van Vliet's title, then I decided, 'Well, why don't we get a real fish head?' We went to the farmer's market and got this actual fish head, a real fish head and rigged it up for a prop. It was just an amazing session." *

Burnt Weeny Sandwich (1969)

Originally done for an Eric Dolphy album, Moop Record, that Frank was supposed to produce. "It took about a day. I found all these interesting things and it went very quickly. But then the project was cancelled and the piece of art just sat there. Then Frank used it for Burnt Weeny." *

The Fugs Alive At The Fillmore East: Golden Filth (1970)

animated sequence for the film 200 Motels (1971)

The Grand Wazoo (1972)

"The back cover of The Grand Wazoo is where the Uncle Meat character is introduced, so there's the connection with that album. The Grand Wazoo was pretty much a straight interpretation of the story that's inside. Frank wrote it out inside, I just interpreted." *

One Size Fits All (1975)

"The sofa came out pretty nice. The cover was specified by the storyline. The back cover was my idea, 'Oh, why don't we do a star chart?' I found one and goofed on all the names and put together a funny star chart." *

Tinseltown Rebellion (1981)

"I did that piece for a tour book, a quicker version, then Frank said, 'Why don't we use this for the cover?' and I said, 'Well I can do a more involved version.' So I got involved." *

NO-D Glasses, front and reverse, Honker Home Video, Barfko-Swill (1987)
Frank Zappa modeling NO-D Glasses

The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1995)

Cheep Thrills (1998)

Son of Cheep Thrills (1999)


quotes marked with an * first appeared in MOJO Zappa Special. HAVE A COPY SENT STRAIGHT TO YOUR HOME! Also includes a spread where Cal Schenkel identifies who's who on the Sgt. Pepper parody cover for We're Only In It For The Money.

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Joan Jordan


Antoni Clavé

Ronald Searle
Marino Marini
Le Corbursier

Jack Wolfgang Beck
Hoot Von Zitzewitz

Hans Hartmann
Heinz Edelmann