A Memorial For Peter Porges; Early Gahan Wilson

There will be a memorial service on June 29th for Mad Magazine and New Yorker artist,  Peter Porges who passed away in December of last year.

Mr. Porges’s first New Yorker cartoon appeared in the issue of July 3, 1965.

Sam Gross has passed along the details:


Peter Porges Memorial Service
 Thursday, June 29th
  Ethical Culture Society
  Ceremonial Hall
  2 West 64th Street, New York
  6 pm


Dick Buchanan’s Cartoon Files is back on Mike Lynch’s site with a look at very early Gahan Wilson drawings, such as the one shown here from True, in May of 1955.  Check it out!

Here”s Gahan Wilson’s entry on the Spill‘s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z”:

Gahan Wilson (photo above, by Michael Maslin, taken at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC, 2008) NYer work: 1976 – . Wilson’s website: http://www.gahanwilson.com/

Cartoonist Photos via Mike Lynch







Here’s a fun way to end the week: browsing through all 14 of the Cartoonist Photo links on  Mike Lynch’s blog.  Part 14 is up today, with links to the other 13 parts following the post. There are a small number of New Yorker cartoonists throughout — here are just three:  left to right: William Steig, Sid Harris, and Steinberg.

Latest Addition to the Ink Spill Library: Anatol Kovarsky Illustrated Limericks




























Just added to Ink Spill‘s Library, courtesy of the cartoonist Mike Lynch There Was A young Lady Named Alice (Dell Publishing, 1963) — limericks collected by John Armstrong, with illustrations by the great artist, Anatol Kovarsky.

A sample page:

kovarsky-pelicanHere’s Mr. Kovarsky’s “New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z” entry:

Anatol Kovarsky (photo above, NYC, 2013.  By Liza Donnelly) Born, Moscow. Died, June 1, 2016, NYC.  Collection: Kovarsky’s World (Knopf, 1956) NYer work: 1947 -1969. Link to Ink Spill’s Anatol Kovarsky appreciation 

Jerry Dumas: 1930 – 2016




Detroit native, Jerry Dumas, who began contributing spot drawings and cartoons to The New Yorker in 1959, has died at age 86 according to The National Cartoonists Society (the NCS). Mr. Dumas’s cartoons for the New Yorker were few but plentiful.  Not a one of them were single panel; all were spreads or multi-panel. The snippet above is from a two-page spread in the issue of July 12 1976, “Little Known Moments in the History of Baseball”; Mr. Dumas’s first cartoon in the magazine (August 27, 1960), a thirteen part drawing,  took up nearly two pages. His friendly, easy-going line (for his New Yorker work) was in the school of Gardner Rea and George Booth.

In a notice from the NCS, Mr. Dumas is quoted as saying this about his earliest cartooning days: “I used to get on the bus and go into downtown Detroit and sell cartoons to Teen magazine for $2,” he remembered. “I really thought I had made it. I was aiming for The New Yorker and The Saturday Evening Post.”

The NCS notice continued:

He finally was published in the The Saturday Evening Post at age twenty-six and The New Yorker at twenty-nine.After finishing high school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Arizona. He remained in the Grand Canyon State to attend Arizona State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature in 1955. Fifty years later, he was invited back to speak at commencement.In 1956, Dumas decided he wanted to be a writer, a cartoonist or both. He went to New York, where he eventually met Mort Walker through a mutual friend. They have worked together for more than sixty years on both Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois.Dumas co-created Sam’s Strip with Mort Walker in 1961, which was resurrected as Sam and Silo in 1977, and has continued that strip on his own ever since. In addition, he collaborated on Benchley with Mort Drucker and Rabbits Rafferty and McCall of the Wild with Mel Crawford. Dumas, who wrote a regular column for his local newspaper The Greenwich Time, also published “An Afternoon in Waterloo Park,” a memoir, and “Rabbits Rafferty,” a children’s novel. His prose and poetry have appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Link here to Mike Lynch’s blog for more about Mr. Dumas

Link here to an Ink Spill post from last month about an exhibit that included work by Mr. Dumas




Bob Eckstein’s “Why Bookstores Matter” in Publishers Weekly; A 1970 Whitney Darrow, Jr. Interview

bob-eckstein-pwFrom Publisher’s Weekly, September 23, 2016, “Why Bookstores Matter”Bob Eckstein talks about some of the stores left out of his forthcoming book.


whitney-darrow-cartoonist-profilesMike Lynch has posted Jud Hurd’s 1970 Cartoonists Profiles interview with the great Whitney Darrow, Jr.









His Ink Spill New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z entry:

Whitney Darrow, Jr. (photo above)  Born August 22, 1909, Princeton, NJ. Died August, 1999, Burlington, Vermont. NYer work: 1933 -1982. Quote (Darrow writing of himself in the third person): …in 1931 he moved to New York City, undecided between law school and doing cartoons as a profession. The fact that the [New Yorker’s] magazine offices were only a few blocks away decided him…” (Quote from catalogue, Meet the Artist, 1943)