Just for fun I’m showing the cover of every last issue of May from 1925 through 2015, one from each decade.
May 30, 1925: Ilonka Karasz; May 25, 1935: Constantin Alajalov; May 26, 1945: Constantin Alajalov; May 28, 1955: A. Birnbaum; May 29, 1965: Arthur Getz; May 26, 1975: Robert Tallon; May 27, 1985: Gretchen Dow Simpson; May 29, 1995: Mark Ulriksen; May 30, 2005: Peter de Seve; May 25, 2015: Carter Goodrich
And now to the new issue.
From the Department of Just Sayin’ : There are 18 cartoons and 17 illustrations (3 of the illustrations are full page)… Rea Irvin’s classic Talk of The Town Masthead is still a-missin’. It’s a thing of beauty. This is what it looks like:
I’m going to mention just one drawing from this issue (if you want critical writing on the cartoons I suggest you head over to Cartoon Companion, where each drawing is discussed and rated from 1 – 6). Charlie Hankin’s drawing (it’s on page 61) reminded me of Jack Ziegler’s work. That of course is a very good thing. Mr. Hankin gives us a lovely (and large) drawing of the Metropolitan Opera House — obviously there’s more to it than that; you can see it here, along with all the other drawings in the issue. Mr. Ziegler’s was a cartoon world created to amuse himself; his way-out-there graphic and humorous takes on just about everything were his cartoon calling card. It’s good to see someone (Mr. Hankin in this case) give us such a fun drawing to look at and live with.
Finally, some paperwork. A new cartoonist in this issue: Jessica Olien. If my record keeping is correct, Ms. Olien is the 15th new cartoonist — the 4th this year — brought on board since Emma Allen took charge of the magazine’s Cartoon Department in May of 2017.
Here’s the list of cartoonists in this week’s issue:
You might notice a co-credited cartoon: Kaamaran Hafeez and Al Batt. It’s not the first time a cartoonist has shared credit with a gagwriter, but it’s still a rarity.
— See you next week