Friday, March 23, 2018


Here is part one of a selection of gag cartoons titled YOU'VE GOT ME – AND HOW! , edited by Lawrence Lariar and published by Dodd, Mead and Company. It's copyright 1955 by Mr. Lariar.

Virgil VIP Partch with the casual pain associated with marriage.

Some of these, like Currier's above, are simple sitcom put-downs. Mean and none too clever.

I saw Harrison's gag coming ...

Bo Brown with some excellent wavy linework.

From active to passive. Martin Giuffre reminds us that there was a time when people went out into the world, to their club, dressed in silly attire. Now we all stay in and watch a rerun of Jackie Gleason doing the above.

I like Kaufman's gags a lot.

George Wolfe with the clueless woman driver.

Tom Zib concedes marriage is a battlefield.

Pete Wyma, known for his girly cartoons, contributes a mother-in-law joke.

I like Henry Boltinoff's explanation here -- but it's still no way to treat a lady.

I like the moment that Clyde Lamb chose to depict: the moment just after the violent ripping of the paper from hubby's hands.

Bernhardt has a long gag line with a sweet putdown at the end that makes sense of the bitter marriage conceit that is the book's hallmark.

Cartoons signed "Corka" were the husband and wife team of John Cornin & Zena Kavin. More here.

Dam McCormick's cartoon did make me laugh.

I like that Burr Shafer chose to let the reader imagine the off-screen struggle between husband and wife.

Here are links to all of YOU'VE GOT ME – AND HOW!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Video: Brad Bird's 1980 Trailer for Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT

Via GeekyTyrant, here is Pixar's Brad Bird's 1980 pencil test for a movie version of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT.

Steven Paul Leiva has the background:

"In 2008 as Frank Miller's live action feature film based on Will Eisner's 'The Spirit' was being released I wrote a piece for the Los Angeles Times on the time, back in 1980, when I became involved with Brad Bird and Gary Kurtz (producer of the first two 'Star Wars' movies) in trying to get into production an animated feature based on 'The Spirit' In that piece, which you can read here: I spoke of a pencil test "trailer" for the our proposed film that was made by Bird along with several classmates from Cal Arts, most of whom were working at Disney at the time. Quite a few people who read the article contacted me about seeing the film. I did have it on an old VHS, but it was deep in storage at the time plus as I did not really own the film, I told them they would have to look elsewhere to find a copy. Later, I found the VHS and put it aside. Recently Andrea Fiamma, an Italian journalist writing on the subject for the website Fumettologica  asked again if the film could be seen. As it is a small piece of animation history, I've decided to post it here."

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bill Peet's Magazine Cartoons

Bill Peet was a long-time Disney artist, not only working on all of the major animated releases from Snow White to 101 Dalmatians, but also contributing immensely to the choices of these projects, as well as to the writing. I had no idea that he tried his hand at gag cartooning as well. Here are a few from his wonderful Caldecott Award-winning autobiography BILL PEET AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY.

He sent them to the top markets of the day: Collier's, True, the Post and The New Yorker. They were all rejected. From The New Yorker he received this note:

"Your humor is too undisciplined, but we would like to see more of your drawings."

Bill writes in his book:

"That small glimmer of hope wasn't nearly enough to spur me on. Doing cartoons week after week, even if I sold them all, would be frustrating work."

Bill would go on to focus on children's books, creating thirty-six books. A lot of them were based on stories he would make up to tell his own kids.

Video: Pat Bagley, President of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists

Pat Bagley talks about a problem regarding the recent voting of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists board, and how they solved it. This short video includes a special guest, who will be attending the upcoming National Cartoonists Society Reubens weekend this May.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Video: Liza Donnelly: Gender Equality Through a Cartoonist's Lens

Rina Piccolo's New Art

My friend Rina Piccolo talks about changing her drawing tools and her "experimental phase."

"For about a year I've been in an experimental phase. If you're a visual artist, or any artist for that matter, you've no doubt experienced what I'm going through. It's a mood, or a feeling, or something that makes you want to search for the tools, media, and methods that will define how you approach your next project. More specifically, you search for the media that is best suited for the type of art you want to make. Although it's a fun phase to be in-- it's exciting to explore new tools and media, or familiar tools and media in a new way-- it can also be exhausting and quite frustrating."

Go see some of her new work at her blog here.

Monday, March 19, 2018


There is an exhibition of Bosc (1924 - 1973) originals in Paris. The show is curated by his nephew, Alain Damman. The gallery show opens on the 21st of this month. I received an invitation, but seeing as I am on the wrong continent, I will, regretfully, be unable to attend. Regardless, the invite reminded me of his terrific cartoons. Here are a few ...


Here are some J.M. Bosc (1924-1973) single panel cartoons from CARTOONS THE FRENCH WAY ("Roguish - Raucous - Ribald") edited by Rene Goscinny, Lion Literary Edition, published September 1955. Copyright 1955 by Manvis Publications, Inc.

Cover art by John Sidrone. Some pretty women in the cartoons, yes, but it's not too ribald at all.

All of Bosc's cartoons are wordless in this collection. Wordless sells internationally, you see.

Bosc's drawings are both specific, when they need to be, and spare.

What I like about Bosc is the element of surprise. Above: a violin as defense against critics.

Again, struggling against the odds is the above motif. Jean Bosc struggled with what we call shell shock for many years.

His sister Renée had the above cartoon rendered into marble in memory of her brother.

The cartoons dealing with death have another level to them after knowing that the cartoonist committed suicide.

Above: a good metaphor for cartooning!

There's a site all about cartoonist J.M. Bosc that I wrote about here. It's designed by his nephew, Alain Damman. You may gorge yourself on Bosc's cartoons there.

-- Edited from a November 26, 2007 blog entry.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Perry, IA: The V.T. Hamlin Room at the Hotel Pattee

One of the pleasures of 2014 was being in Perry, Iowa, where I taught cartooning classes at the elementary school, and then give a keynote address to the annual Chamber of Commerce dinner. I often think of Perry and it would be fun to return.

It was a celebration of cartoonists from Iowa, and seeing as I was born in Iowa City, I qualified! Also joining me was my friend, fellow cartoonist Dave Carpenter, who lives and works in Iowa.

I stayed at the Hotel Pattee in the V.T. "Snick" Hamlin room. Hamlin (1900-1993) was the creator of the Alley Oop comic strip. He was born in Perry. The room, appropriately, has Oop's dinosaur "Dinny" on the wall and the name of Alley Oop's residence, the "Land of Moo." As you can see, above Dinny is a row of comic book pages from some Alley Oop comics. These were made into a wallpaper mural that lines the top of the walls of the bedroom/living area.

Here are a few photos. It's well worth a stopover if you are in the area. 

The walls are decorated with Alley Oop memorabilia and articles.

I read from my Library of American Comics Essential ALLEY OOP book while there.


ALLEY OOP by Jack and Carole Bender on GoComics
R.C. Harvey: "A Stretch in the Bone Age: The Life and Cartooning Genius of V.T. Hamlin"
University of Missouri V.T. Hamlin Collection one and two

Thursday, March 15, 2018

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Favorite 50s Gag Cartoons 1950 - 1959

My friend Dick Buchanan has pulled some of his all-time favorite magazine gag cartoons for you today.  What can I say? He has very good taste. Thee are all from the post war "golden age" of single panel cartoons. As Dick notes, by the 1960s, a lot of magazines went out of business or cut back in general on their art.

Oh, take a moment to peek at some of his other terrific contributions by clicking a link below. There are a lot of gag cartoons to see!

Take it away, Dick ....



1950 – 1959

Here are some cartoons from the 1950’s,from a few of the cartoonists who were regulars in the major magazines of that era. Some magazines began to fold in the fifties, most notably Liberty and Collier’s--it was the beginning of the end for many other magazines that failed to survive the 1960’s.

Return with us now to the 1950’s . . .

1. JOHN BAILEY. The Saturday Evening Post October 17, 1953.


2. CHON DAY. The Saturday Evening Post April 27, 1957.

3. PERRY BARLOW. Look Magazine December 13, 1953.


4. DON KOERNER. True Magazine June 1951.

5. GEORGE DAVIS. The Saturday Evening Post March 19, 1955.

6. JOHN ALBANO. The Saturday Evening Post April 27, 1957.

7. HANK KETCHAM. True Magazine June 1951.

8. RAY HELLE. The Saturday Evening Post February 11, 1950.

9. A.S. (Andy) HABBICK. Cavalier February 1958.

10. JOHN GALLAGHER. Collier’s March 4, 1955.

11. GAHAN WILSON. Collier’s August 3, 1956.

12. JOHN DEMPSEY. Look Magazine February 17, 1959.

13. HARRY LYONS. The Saturday Evening Post December 15, 1956.

14. NED HILTON. Collier’s December 2, 1950.

15. VIRGIL PARTCH. Collier’s February 11, 1950.  

More gag cartoons from the Dick Buchanan collection:

From the Dich Buchanan Files: Wordless, No-Caption Sight Gag Cartoons 1938 - 1970

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