Wednesday, January 31, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1944 - 1970 Part 1

Hey, you remember I posted some classic gag cartoon clichés, yes?

Well, that good ol' Dick Buchanan got to thinking and he started pulling some golden age gag cartoon samples from his tremendous stock of magazines. What follows now and in the coming days is a trove of clichéd cartoons that the internet has never seen before. I am thankful and amazed at these samples Dick has put together for your pleasure. Most of these single panel cartoons have been unseen since their publication, for about a half a century.

Take it away, Dick!

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GAG CARTOON CLICHÉS
1944 - 1970


Gag cartoon clichés were a staple of every magazine. In the era of the great magazines several appeared in each and every issue. Some were figments of imaginations of the cartooning mind while others were firmly rooted in the everyday lives of the readers. 

Many lists have been made to innumerate the cartoon cliché. Each list differs and no list is complete. Gag cartoon clichés are virtually infinite and ever changing.  Some have disappeared, falling victim to the evolving enlightenment of civilization while others have vanished with the advancement of technology.

Never one to pass up a time wasting endeavor, I have dipped in my Cartoon Clip File and emerged with a sampling of cartoon clichés from the mid-century. 

DESERT ISLAND

1. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty  September 9,1944.





2. TON SMITS. Look Magazine November 7,1961.  

 

3. VIRGIL PARTCH. Look Magazine December 9, 1959. 



CAVEMEN

1. FRANK MODELL. Collier’s November 23, 1956.



2. GARDNER REA. True Magazine March,1948.


3. JAN VAN WESSUM. Evergreen Review August 1970.


FORTUNE TELLERS

1. MISCHA RICHTER. For Laughing Out Loud July-September,1963. 




2. ROY WILLIAMS. Collier’s September 18,1948


 3. MIKE WILLIAMS. Punch August 28,1968.



THE PSYCHIATRIST’S COUCH

1. JOHN GALLAGHER. American Legion Magazine.  January,1960.



2. ROBERT KRAUS.  American Magazine August,1951



3. ORLANDO BUSINO. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.



HUSBANDS READING AT THE BREAKFAST TABLE

1. SYD HOFF. Collier’s January 21,1955.



2. DICK ERICSON. Liberty May 25,1946.



3. DON TOBIN. The Saturday Evening Post September 27,1952.


More from Dick Buchanan's collection of gag cartoons:

From the Dick Buchanan Files: William Steig Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1965

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Favorite Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1958

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Gag Cartoons 1944 – 1952

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Hank Ketcham Roughs

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Holiday and Winter Cartoons 1948 - 1960

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: More Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1947 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Favorite Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

From the Dick Buchanan Files: More 1960s Cartoons from PUNCH

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Virgil Parch Part One; VIP in the 1940s

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Virgil Parch Part Two; VIP in the 1950s

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Even More Color Cartoons 1940 - 1956

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "Captions? Who Needs 'Em?" Wordless Gag Cartoons 1947 – 1970

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Orlando Busino Gag Cartoons 1956 - 1966

From the Dick Buchanan Files: CARTOONYFELLERS’ DIGEST, "a 1955 rag for cartoonists by cartoonists"

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Magazine Cartoons from Life and Judge 1931 - 38

From the Dick Buchanan Files: June 1953 Cartoonist's Market Newsletter

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: More Mid-Century Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Color Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1956

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Cops and Robbers Gag Cartoons 1945 - 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: Gahan Wilson: Early Gag Cartoons 1954 - 1964

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Inkyfellers' Gagzette

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: The Years of Al Ross - 1947 – 1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon Files: New Yorker Cartoonists Abroad 1966-1968

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1945 - 1962

From the Dick Buchanan Files: "How I Create Humor" from 1950s - 60s Gag Cartoon Insider Journal "The Information Guide"

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: 1950s Color Magazine Gag Cartoons

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Funny Vintage Magazine Gag Cartoons 1946 - 1963

Dick Buchanan's Cartoon File: Wordless Gag Cartoons 1944-1964

1953 George Booth Drawings for American Legion Magazine

Dick Buchanan: Winter/Christmas/Holiday Gag Cartoons 1940s-60s

Dick Buchanan: Some PUNCH Magazine Cartoons 1948-1963

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1946-64

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1947-62

Dick Buchanan: Some Favorite Magazine Gag Cartoons 1940-60s

Dick Buchanan: Gag Cartoon Clip File 1931-64

2 comments:

Donald Benson said...

#1 is a twofer. During WWII (and probably every war), soldiers' hunger for any news from home was an ongoing theme in home front culture. A threefer, if you include the spin on fabled GI horniness.

In Chaplin's WWI comedy "Shoulder Arms", Charlie is the only guy in the trenches not to get a letter. While another soldier reads and reacts to his letter, Charlie reads over his shoulder and vicariously goes through all the same emotions.

Smurfswacker said...

I enjoy this survey of cartoon cliches. The fortune teller jokes offer a cliche within a cliche...where, I wonder, did the "you will meet a tall dark stranger" line originate? Did it predate magazine cartoons?