for You Are (Not) Small, written by Kang and illustrated by Weyant.
Born in 1924, in Newark, NJ, Joe was a longtime Connecticut resident. In his early days he was a student of another Connecticut cartoonist, the great Richard Taylor. Joe contributed close to 300 cartoons to the magazine, including two covers. Collections of his work include Just A Cog In The Wheel, published in 1989, and UFO — Ho Ho, published in 1968. His most recent book, A Soldier’s Sketchbook: From the Frontlines of World War II, was published in 2011 to excellent reviews.
Joe was a cartoonist’s cartoonist, able to deliver captionless cartoons, sometimes multi panelled, as well as cartoons of the moment, wrapping them up in a style that was his and his alone.
Above: his first drawing in The New Yorker, May 18, 1957. Left: his 1989 collection.
Left: from The New Yorker November 11, 1992
The New Yorker’s top-hatted mascot bid goodbye once before, back in August of 1937, when Otto Soglow gave us Tilley, not in a Cadillac, but in the back of a Victoria, and embarking from The Plaza Hotel, not Times Square. Back then, Tilley was substituting for E.B. White, who had decided on taking a leave of absence from New York & The New Yorker. The drawing appeared at the bottom of White’s farewell Talk of The Town piece. A tearful Thurber dog follows close by the rear wheel. Eustace tips his hat to two waving women in black, holding muffs: Peter Arno’s Whoops Sisters.
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