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Dean Vietor: 1931 -2007

Word has reached Ink Spill of the death last August of the long-time New Yorker cartoonist, Dean Vietor. From March 11, 1967 through August 20, 2001, Vietor contributed nearly 300 of his wonderfully exuberant cartoons to the magazine. I've always thought of his work as the missing link between James Thurber's and Charles Barsotti's. His last drawing in the magazine, of a man speaking at a business meeting, bore the caption, "The global-positioning system says we're all in the wrong building." Vietor also contributed three illustrated spreads: "The Breakfast-Luncheon Merger Caper" (July 29, 1974), The Size-Limitation Treaty" (September 9, 1974), and "Missing Masterpieces" ( September 23, 1974), and one cover ( September 22, 1975) .

Mr. Vietor was born January 21, 1931, and died, at the age of 76, in Phoenix, August 20, 2007. In 1986, his work appeared along with Barsotti's and Bruce Cochran's in "The USA Today Cartoon Book". Between 1985 and 1991, Ivory Tower Books published a series of his books: "Your Tennis Game Is Shot When", "Your Golf Game Is In Big Trouble", and "Your Golf Games's In Trouble When...".

In September of 1997, Mr. Vietor came east to New York City from Phoenix to pose alongside many of his contemporaries for the Arnold Newman photograph that appeared in The New Yorker's very first Cartoon Issue ( Dec 15, 1997). Vietor, holding aloft a bottle of champagne, is just below and to the left of an enormous bunch of balloons.

Salesmarts, which carried Vietor's work for the past eighteen years, posted this notice of his passing: http://www.d2words.com/





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