One Club addition: George Wilson; Friedman on Grossman; Univ of Florida’s Comics Collection

While browsing through ancient copies of The New Yorker, there’s always a little jolt when I come across a cartoonist whose name is unfamiliar. It happened today when I reached page 38 of the November 29, 1930 issue and found a cartoon by George Wilson. A quick check with The New Yorker database revealed that Mr. Wilson was published just once in the magazine.  That of course qualifies him for immediate membership in The One Club, and a listing in red on The New Yorker Cartoonists A – Z.  At the moment I have no additional information on Mr. Wilson.  Please contact me if you do.


From Drew Friedman’s blog, March 15, 2013, “The Caricature of Robert Grossman” —  Mr. Grossman is not only a New Yorker contributor but also worked as an assistant in the magazine’s Art Department in the early 1960s.


Finally, out of the scope of Ink Spill’s focus, but likely interesting to most comic art enthusiasts:

From the University of Florida, Department of English, “Comics Collections at UF” — I just happened upon this site, and admit I had no idea that U of F had a comics collection. If you link here, you’ll find more information on the collection  as well as a link to their downloadable database.

Eskenazi Laments; Marchetto’s ‘Cancer Vixen’ HBO project moves ahead; Wheeler & SXSW & Grumpy Cat

From, March 13, 2013, “Farewell Fung Wah” this video by Marc Philippe Eskenazi, wearing one of his many hats (he’s also a stand-up comedian, a New Yorker cartoonist, and an assistant cartoon editor at the magazine).

Mr. Eskenazi sets his tune to Bob Dylan’s 1965 song, “Farewell Angelina” (found on Sony’s 1991 release,  Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series, Vol.2)


From, March 12, 2013, “Cate Blanchett to Star in HBO Adaptation of ‘Cancer Vixen'” –Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s memoir gets closer to the silver screen.

(thanks to David Pomerantz for the link)


From, March 12, 2013, “The truth about SXSW by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler”



The Next Daily Cartoonist is…

Danny Shanahan’s Facebook page (Danny Shanahan — New Yorker Cartoonist) mentions that his successor in the Daily Cartoon slot is Chris Weyant.  Danny was the Daily Cartoonist for the past two months.


A slideshow of Danny’s Daily Cartoon work can be seen by clicking on the Daily Cartoon link above (where you can also view The Daily Cartoon work of David Sipress, Danny’s predecessor.


Chris’s editorial cartoons can be seen on The Hill, where his  Weyant’s World is a regular feature.

Vahan Shirvanian, lifelong New Jerseyian, dies at 87

Word has reached Ink Spill from Mike Lynch of the passing of Vahan Shirvanian, who contributed 44 drawings to The New Yorker (his first appearance in the magazine was in the issue of April 27, 1968; his work last appeared in the issue of January 12, 1988). According to The Newark Star Ledger, his first cartoon sale was to The Saturday Evening Post. He contributed to numerous publications, including Reader’s Digest, Playboy, and Good Housekeeping.

See three of his New Yorker drawings here.

And more of his work can be found here.

Thurston Gentry added to the One Club


This morning, while aimlessly thumbing through a bound book of New Yorkers from late 1937 I paused to look more closely at a drawing with an unfamiliar style. The signature was legible enough for me to decipher, and with that I went to “The Complete New Yorker” database and looked up the cartoonist, Thurston Gentry.  I found he had but one cartoon published in The New Yorker, the one I’d just come across in the issue of December 4, 1937. This immediately qualified him to join what I’m calling the One Club; that is, a club of cartoonists who have appeared just once in The New Yorker in their lifetime.

As I wrote on Ink Spill’s “Posted Notes” back in March of 2008 under the heading “Just Once” I’m fascinated by the cartoonists who broke into The New Yorker but never made it past that first published drawing.  Quoting from “Just Once”:

In 1925 alone, I counted eleven solo contributors ( one of those, Bertrand Zadig, also contributed one cover — his only cover for the magazine). Until coming across these cartoonists I’d always thought there were perhaps no more than half a dozen solo appearance cartoonists in the history of the magazine. Finding nearly a dozen in the magazine’s first year was an eye-opener.

I’ve yet to return to counting the members of the One Club — I’ll get to it someday.  But for now, Mr. Gentry enters this special category.

A great book, Collier’s Collects Its Wits (Crowell-Collier Publishing Co., 1941) has supplied me with many a self portrait over the years  and  it did not disappoint when I looked up Mr. Gentry today.  The self portrait above is from the book as is the brief biography below:

Born in Dallas, Texas, Thurston Gentry’s first tangible art reward was a German helmet – grand prize in a 1917 Liberty Loan poster contest. Five years at sea as a ship’s muscianon the Honolulu run preceded art department work  on West Coast and Midwest papers. Seven years ago our subject moved to Manhattan and sold his first cartoon to Collier’s. Hobbies; Flying, amateur radio, music.

The site supplied some additional information:

Born in Texas in 1905. Gentry was a resident of Chicago in 1930 and a pupil at the AIC. While living in Hollywood in 1932-45, he was a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times.


Edan Hughes, “Artists in California, 1786-1940”

California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Census.

Below is a Thurston Gentry cartoon that appeared in Click’s Cartoon Annual,  1940