Sam Cobean's "Dream Cartoons"
Browsing through the enormous humor section at a local library book sale this past weekend, I was fortunate to come across this 1952 paperback of Sam Cobean's 1950 collection, Naked Eye (pictured below). Finding the book caused me to revisit "Sam Cobean's World" at www.samcobean.com/ to reread his biography.
Something I missed the first time around: In 1945 Cobean's first "thought bubble" or "dream cartoon" (as the site sometimes calls them) appeared in The New Yorker ( an example of the dream cartoon appears on the cover of Naked Eye). Quoting from the site's biography:
"For the next two years these "thought bubble" cartoons were his alone. Eventually, Cobean's innovation was copied by other cartoonists [ including this one], both in The New Yorker and other national magazines."