Ink Spill wishes the wonderful Henry Martin a very Happy Birthday! He celebrated his 92nd a few days ago.
Mr. Martin’s first New Yorker drawing was published August 15, 1964 — he went on to contribute nearly 700 more. In his honor here’s a 2014 interview brought to this site’s attention by David Pomerantz. It was conducted by Mr. Martin’s daughter Ann, the author of the enormously popular Baby-Sitter’s Club series. You can read it here.
Below: a Martin New Yorker drawing from 1989, and his collection from 1977.
Toro Talks Trump
From the Huffington Post, July 18, 2017, “New Yorker Cartoonist Breaks down the Details of His Scathing Trump Takedowns” –Tom Toro, who was the subject of an interview here not long ago, talks Trump to HuffPo. Read it here.
From Attempted Bloggery, June 11, 2017, “Lou Myers in Times Square” — this piece on a Lou Myers tour de force promotional mailer from 1973.
Mr. Myers, who died in November of 2005, contributed stories, cartoons and one cover to the New Yorker from 1974 through 1989.
In Mr. Myers’ NYTs obit, Steven Heller wrote: “Mr. Myers developed a deceptively childlike, raw, black brushstroke that gave the illusion of lightheartedness. But his cartoons were more like comic bombs that exploded political and social taboos.”
Here’s his terrific New Yorker cover and a Myers cartoon collection from 1980.
Courtesy of David Pomerantz, this fun ad: