A very happy 89th birthday to The New Yorker. While there’s no classic Eustace Tilley cover this year (the last time we saw Tilley as Rea Irvin* intended was in 2011, we do have, according to the Art Editor, Francoise Mouly, “the first published Tilley painted on an iPhone”; inside the magazine, not including the drawings on the Caption Contest page, are sixteen cartoons by fifteen cartoonists (Joe Dator‘s work appears twice). Two of the drawings contain some color (a cartoon by Ben Schwartz & one by Edward Steed). Color cartoons were once so unusual in the magazine that when they appeared in The New Yorker‘s 64th anniversary issue in 1989, N.R. Kleinfield wrote a piece about it for The New York Times (“Inside New Yorker, a Splash of Color”). The color appeared in a four page spread by William Steig.
*Below: Rea Irvin’s entry on Ink Spill‘s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z:
Rea Irvin (pictured above. Self portrait above from Meet the Artist) *Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925. He was the magazine’s first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.
Below: the first issue of The New Yorker, February 21, 1925. Cover by Rea Irvin.
Well here’s something totally out-of-the-blue: from ABC News, this great photograph taken in 1955 of Marilyn Monroe at Costello’s admiring the famous Thurber mural on the wall. The photograph is from the The Brock Street Gallery Exhibit “4 Days in New York”
Liza Donnelly, who has been tweet drawing various high profile events of late, including the Grammys (see illustration to the left), The Golden Globes (seen on her website), The State of the Union Address, etc., will be on the job tonight during the Olympic opening ceremony. Her work will be gathered on The New Yorker‘s website here.
See some of Donnelly’s New Yorker work here.
Below is Donnelly’s Ink Spill “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:
Liza Donnelly Born, Washington, D.C. NYer work: 1982 – Key book: Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons (Prometheus, 2005). Edited: Mothers & Daughters ( Ballantine, 1993), Fathers & Sons ( Ballantine, 1994), Sex & Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love…in 200 Cartoons ( Twelve, 2008). Co-authored with Michael Maslin: Husbands & Wives ( Ballantine 1995), Call Me When You Reach Nirvana ( Andrew & McMeel, 1995), Cartoon Marriage ( with Michael Maslin) (Random House, 2009), When Do They Serve the Wine?( Chronicle, 2010). Donnelly also wrote and illustrated a popular series of dinosaur books for children ( Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaur Halloween, etc.) all published by Scholastic. Website: http://www.lizadonnelly.com
As Ink Spill visitors know there’s a terrific exhibit currently running at the Westport Historical Society
celebrating 16 New Yorker cover artists who lived and worked in the Westport (Connecticut) area. Dorothy Curran of the Westport Historical Society Exhibits Committee has sent this email to Ink Spill about an important addition to the exhibit:
As you know, there is no “Directory of Home Addresses since 1925 of New Yorker Cover Artists.” With Sarah Geraghty Herndon’s heads-up, we (Westport Historical Society Exhibits Committee) now realize that we have to add Lee Lorenz as a 17th cover artist. Looks like he did 6 covers (1 in 1973, 2 in 1988 and 3 in 1989) within our time-frame and “about a dozen” overall. He had a Westport home (weekends only, at first) for many years…
Below is Ink Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A- Z” entry for Mr. Lorenz, who continues to brighten the pages of The New Yorker with his wonderfully energetic work.
Lee Lorenz ( Pictured above. Photograph taken 1995 by Liza Donnelly) Born 1932, Hackensack, NJ. Lorenz was the art editor of The New Yorker from 1973 to 1993 and its cartoon editor until 1997. During his tenure, a new wave of New Yorker cartoonists began appearing in the magazine — cartoonists who no longer depended on idea men. Cartoon collections: Here It Comes (Bobbs-Merrrill Co., Inc. 1968) ; Now Look What You’ve Done! (Pantheon, 1977) ; The Golden Age of Trash ( Chronicle Books, 1987); The Essential series, all published by Workman: : Booth (pub: 1998), Barsotti ( pub: 1998), Ziegler (pub: 2001), The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, (Knopf, 1995), The World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998). NYer work: 1958 – .
From Vermont Public Radio, February 3, 2014, “Ed Koren To Be Vermont’s Next Cartoonist Laureate”
See some of Edward Koren’s New Yorker work here.
Visit Edward Koren’s website here.
From Scienceline, January 31, 2014, “Science Cartoonist Sidney Harris doesn’t draw ‘funny style'”
Link here to see Mr. Harris’s New Yorker work.