Place this discovery in the happy accidents category: Janet Utts’s Index of New Yorker Cartoons 1975 – 1985 (John Gordon Burke Publisher,Inc.,1986) contains a basketful of biographical information on New Yorker cartoonists who contributed work to the magazine during those years. I was going through the bios the other day, double-checking facts when I ran across Joseph R. Carroll’s entry.
Mr. Carroll, who spent 48 years at The New Yorker, had just one cartoon published in the magazine, the issue of January 16, 1984. Unlike his associates in Utts’s Cartoon Index, Mr. Carroll’s New Yorker career had more to do with the physical magazine itself, and others cartoons rather than with his cartoons, or should I say, cartoon. Here’s an excerpt of his bio (the cartoonists supplied their own bios for the book):
Born June 7, 1919, NYC…self-taught artist. First work appeared in the New Yorker in 1936… Editorial Director at The New Yorker, selected cartoons, made up and laid out every issue. With The New Yorker over 48 years. Responsible for the New Yorker Cartoon Albums published every 10, 25 and 50 years.
An online search today revealed that Mr. Carroll only recently passed away, December 30, 2010 at the age of 91. His obit expanded upon the above biographical information from the Utts Index):
Starting his career in 1936 as a Make-up & Layout Specialist under the tutelage of Mr. Harold Ross, founder and original editor of The New Yorker, Mr. Carroll honed his skills and expertise that eventually culminated in his position of Editorial Production Director. As the Director, Joe was responsible for the layout and production…He held this position until his retirement in 1985. Many of his techniques are still being used by the magazine today. Beyond his technical skill in layout and production, he also lent his talent to the pages of The New Yorker that featured several articles published in the Talk of the Town as well as an original cartoon.
Mr. Carroll’s one cartoon during his 48 years at the New Yorker immediately qualifies him to enter the One Club — an Ink Spill category for those cartoonists who were published but once in the magazine during their careers. His bio, as all bios of One Club members, appears in red in The New Yorker Cartoonists A -Z.