Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Cartoonists Ruled the World

Monday Cartoon Day

Irwin was another one of the second tier cartoonists, at lest if you consider the New Yorker as the first tier. Cartoonists like Irwin Caplan, Virgil Partch, mort Walker Hank Ketcham, Bo Brown, Chon Day, Dan Tobin, the Berenstainns, Cavalli, Jerry Marcus, Stan hunt, Rob't Day, Ned Hilton, Boltinoff, Colin Alen and others all worked for the better paying clients such as The Saturday Evening Post, Look, True, The American Weekly, This Week and Collier's on a regular basis. Here is sme of Caplan's work for Collier's. Always stylisticly impressive, always a bit funny (but not laugh out loud). He did very well in the forties and fifties and even managed to end up with a daily newspaper cartoon when the marlets dried down.



















4 comments:

Brett Koth said...

Always did enjoy Caplan's linework - it's almost like calligraphy. Very precise and controlled.

I'm not familiar with the newspaper feature he did. Was it a panel or a strip?

Ger Apeldoorn said...

His feature was a panel. I got the information from Alan Holtz' book (of course). He mentions two: Famous Laat Words (Hall Syndicate 1956-1962) and Forty-Odd (General Features 1962-1964, wwritten by Pat Bracken and Roderick Lull).

Ger Apeldoorn said...

From Wikipedia: Famous Last Wors had actually started as a series in The Saturday Evening Post. I will try and find some samples. Wikipedia also mentions: "his other syndicated feature was 48 States of Mind." Bu that actually was a series of articles (and presumaly a book) by Walter Davenport he illustrate. He dies in 2007.

Brett Koth said...

Thanks! I would love to see those samples, if you can find them.