Word has reached Ink Spill this evening of the passing of Susanne Suba, whose five covers, one cartoon and numerous “spot” drawings began appearing in The New Yorker in the 1930s.
Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1913, Ms. Suba came to the United States in 1920. After studying at Pratt Institute in New York she headed to Chicago, where she began her long career as an author-illustrator. She eventually settled in New York, where she passed away yesterday, February 4, 2012.
Many of her spot drawings for The New Yorker were collected in Spots by Suba (E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc., NY 1944).
For more information, here’s a link to The University of Southern Mississippi – de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, where the Susanne Suba Papers are held. The University of Southern Mississippi — de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection