Help trumps Playboy.
Monday Cartoon Day
Last week I showed Paul Coker's cartoon diary of his visit to Cuba from Help #6. For Help #8 Harvey Kurtzman persuded Arnolf Roth to go to Berlin. Arnold Roth was a New York cartoonist, who had worked with Kurtzman on Humbug. In fact, he was one of the financiers of that magazine. Like Al Jaffee (who also worked on Humbug, but not on Help, because by then he had joined the enemy in the form of Al Feldstein's Mad) he had a strip for the Herald Tribne Syndicate. Poor Arnold's Almanac was a Sunday only collection os cartoons on a different subject every week. It showed Roth's sharp eye for observation, as well as his talent for mixing together different jokes into a pleasing tableau. Isn't every cartoonist a journalist, reporting in his own way on the things he sees around him? Viewed like that, doing cartoon diaries doesn't seem like a stretch. It certainly wasn't for Roth, who kept on doing carttoon docuumentaries for the rest of his career, as well as illustration for magazines such as Playboy, Holiday and The National Lampoon.
Dutch readers of this blog should go and get last week's Nieuwe Revu, which has a wonderful bit of cartoon jounalism. A six page behind the scenes look at my new television series S1ngle, by Hanco Kolk, the artist of the strip this series was based on.