This being a Monday, the Monday Tilley Watch would normally be here, but last week’s issue was a double — we won’t see a new issue until next Monday. So here’s an addendum to yesterday’s post (about the magazine’s 60th anniversary album): A Cartoon Sampler, published in 1985 (wow, what a celebratory mood the magazine was in). Samplers were not new then, but they have somewhat fizzled out since. I believe this Sampler would’ve been offered to new subscribers (a lot of, if not most of, other samplers were themed, and sent out as advertising incentives).
Sitting above an Eldon Dedini drawing on the very first page is this intro:
Almost 50 pages, this isn’t a cheap-o toss-away booklet, but something savable — it tucks nicely into the 1975-1985 Album. The cartoons, all on reasonably good paper stock, are usually placed one a page with just a couple of exceptions. There’s even a double page spread of Steinberg’s drawings (“Women”). The cartoonists are represented in a fine balance, from George Price, the elder (in terms of years at the magazine; his first New Yorker appearance was in 1929) to newbie, Richard Cline, who was first published in the New Yorker in 1981.
A sample from the Sampler: work by Robert Weber (the full page) and on the opposite page, Roz Chast, and Edward Koren:
The back cover: