Barbara Shermund on the Cover of…Esquire

When Warren Bernard (of SPX) offered his scanned collection of advertising work by New Yorker cartoonists for use on this site, he included some bonus scans.  Among them were non-advertising work by New Yorker contributors that appeared in Esquire.  Looking through them the other day, Barnbara Shermund’s covers for Esquire popped out on the screen. Here are the four covers Mr. Bernard sent along.  There are a number of Shermund Esquire cartoons in his collection as well — I’ll show those at a later time.  If you want to read a quick capsule history of Ms. Shermund’s career, go here. Of note: Ms. Shermund had eight covers for The New Yorker. Her first was the 17th cover in the magazine’s history. I’ll show it here to give you an idea how her work changed from 1925 to the 1940s.

If you enlarge the covers, you’ll see that cartoonists appearing in each issue are named.  You’ll also notice how many of them are New Yorker contributors (such as Garrett Price, Michael Berry, Frank Beaven, Howard Baer, E. Simms Campbell, Eldon Dedini, and Sam Cobean).  A source (okay, it’s Bob Mankoff, Esquire’s cartoon editor) informed me that Esquire has a complete digital archive of all its cartoons — I’m hoping to get my hands on it one of these days in order to share even more cross-over information. Speaking of Sam Cobean, there was one Cobean Esquire cover included in Mr. Bernard’s collection:

Here’s Barbara Shermund’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z (and Mr. Cobean’s as well):

 

 

 

 

Barbara Shermund (self portrait, above) Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s later post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work)

Sam Cobean (pictured above. Source: Sam Cobean’s World. See link to site below) Born, December 28, 1913, Gettysburgh, Penn. Died, July 2, 1951, Watkins Glen, New York. NYer work: 1944 -1951. Collections: Cobean’s Naked Eye (Harper Bros.,1950), the Cartoons of Cobean (Harper & Bros.,1952). Cobean’s Estate set up a terrific website in his honor. It includes a lengthy biography, with photographs, as well as a detailed listing of all Cobean’s published work. Website: Sam Cobean’s World http://www.samcobean.com/

Liza Donnelly: Live-Drawing the Dems Historic Convention; E. Simms Campbell Spotlighted

 

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From newyorker.com‘s Culture Desk, July 29, 2016 “Live-Drawing Hillary’s Historic Convention” — Liza Donnelly’s graphic account of her four days at the Democratic Convention.

As mentioned earlier this week on the Spill, Ms. Donnelly  spent the week embedded with CBS News in Philadelphia, drawing on-set, and in and around the convention hall. You can see some of her work here and a short video here.  Also follow Ms. Donnelly on Twitter @lizadonnelly for her latest drawings.

Below: Ms. Donnelly, second from left, with the CBS This Morning news team, Norah O’ Donnell, Charlie Rose and Gayle King,  in Philadelphia, July 28 2016.

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From 1,001 Chicago Afternoons, July 27, 2016, “Cuties and The Englewood Cartoonist” this short piece on E. Simms Campbell.  Here’s  Mr. Cambell’s entry on Ink Spill’s A-Z:

E. Simms Campbell  (photo above)  Born, 1906. Died, 1971.  NYer work: 1932 -1942. Key  collections: Cuties in Arms (1943) – the earliest published collection of cartoons by an African-American cartoonist; More Cuties in Arms (also 1943); and Chorus of Cuties (1953)

For more information, go here to Chris Wheeler’s fabulous website to see Mr. Campbell’s cartoon collections.