From The New Yorker's Golden Age of Cartooning, Ten Great Collections
Ten of the Best New Yorker Cartoon Collections from the Golden Age
Here, in no particular order, are my favorite New Yorker cartoon collections from the mythic golden age; roughly speaking that's the mid 1930s through the mid 1950s. Gluyas Williams' collection slightly predates the era, but what the heck -- it's a great collection by one of the best. Thurber should be on the list and Steinberg and George Price, but I've benched them so that others could have a shot. Alan Dunn should be here too ( and, to be honest, a number more, but I'll fix all that when I get around to making another list.
Scans of the book covers (sorry, some aren't good quality ) follow the list.
1. Charles Addams: Addams and Evil (Random House, 1947. Introduction by Wolcott Gibbs). Great title, great cover, classic Addams cartoons.
2. Peter Arno: Ladies and Gentlemen (Simon and Schuster, 1951). Arno's hand-picked greatest hits. He wrote the Foreword, as only he could.
3. Carl Rose: One Dozen Roses (Random House, 1946). Rose's only collection, and it's a beaut. A great surprise at the end: Rose's written & illustrated piece about Harold Ross, " An Artist's Best Friend is His Editor"
4. Mary Petty: This Petty Place (Knopf, 1945. Introduction by James Thurber). Petty's only collection; a handful of her covers are reproduced in color.
5. Garrett Price: Drawing Room Only (Coward, McCann, 1946). Spectacular cover artist and cartoonist.
6. Helen Hokinson: The Hokinson Festival ( Dutton, 1956). Published seven years after her untimely death, with a memoir by her long-time collaborator ( he wrote many of her captions), James Reid Parker. A handful of Hokinson's covers are reproduced in color.
7. William Steig: The Steig Album (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953). Seven of his books, pre-Shrek, collected in one thick volume.
8. Gluyas Williams: The Gluyas Williams Book (Doubleday, Donan & Co., 1929). A particular favorite of Harold Ross, Williams had few peers handling a full page in the New Yorker.
9. Richard Taylor: The Better Taylors (Random House, 1944). One of the unsung masters of the age.
10. The New Yorker Album of 1942 (Random House, 1941). The tenth Album in the series; the cover by Perry Barlow originally appeared on the December 23, 1939 issue of The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, Barlow was partially colorblind -- his wife, Dorothy Hope Smith, was responsible for coloring in his work.