A Moose In The Hoose
Here’s a fun looking book I ran into online yesterday. Had never seen or heard of it before. The author, Frank Sullivan, and illustrator, George Price, are familiar, of course. Mr. Price had quite a side career as an illustrator (the Spill library has a number of the books he illustrated, but not this one).
I believe that Mr. Price was the New Yorker‘s most prolific artist interpreter — that is to say, he never worked from his own ideas but relied entirely on writers.* My source on this is Lee Lorenz, the magazine’s former art editor (and later cartoon editor), who was Mr. Price’s editor for nearly twenty years.
* The exception was Mr. Price’s one New Yorker cover (below), which, obviously, was caption-less. What a beauty!
Here’s Mr. Price’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z including the cover of a Spill favorite collection of his, published in 1977:
Born in Coytesville, New Jersey, June 9, 1901. Died January 12, 1995, Engelwood, New Jersey. New Yorker work: 1929 – 1991. He contributed nearly 1300 cartoons to the New Yorker.
Perhaps this should’ve been mentioned in yesterday’s Monday Tilley Watch… but it wasn’t. Several ads in this week’s New Yorker are worth noting. The first is for the magazine’s wonderful yearly diary. It’s usually loaded with cartoons. The ad copy says there’s “a cartoon on every page”…hmmm, I think the example shown in the ad, and the samples shown on the magazine’s store contradict that, but whatever. There are always plenty of cartoons, meaning it might be the closest thing we’ve had as an annual collection these past many decades.
The other ad, headlined A Dash Of New Yorker Style , is for some of the stuff that is sold on the magazine’s “official store”; as one who is a sucker for anything Tilley, I think the keepers here are the Eustace Tilley pin and the butterfly that is usually fluttering just off of Eustace’s nose.
Below: the ads in this week’s New Yorker: