Website of Interest: CEM (Charles E. Martin); Chris Weyant’s Boston Daily Cartoon

Here’s a link to a website devoted to the work of Charles E. Martin, better known to the New Yorker readership as CEM. Martin, who died in 1995 at the age of 85, began contributing to The New Yorker in 1938 (his first appearance was a cover). He went on to create nearly two hundred more covers for the magazine as well as just over four hundred cartoons. The website features a short film about his life.

(thanks to Liam Walsh for the link)


And in case you missed it: here’s Chris Weyant on Bob Mankoff’s weekly New Yorker blog speaking about the Daily Cartoon he created following the tragedy in Boston.

Albert Hubbell added to the New Yorker Cartoonists A – Z

Snooping around The New Yorker’s database this morning led me to discover that Albert Hubbell, who was published by The New Yorker from 1943 thru 1985,  had one cartoon published by the magazine, and so he is instantly added to Ink Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z.  There couldn’t be a better moment to talk a little more about Mr. Hubbell’s career, so here then is his A-Z entry, posted moments ago:


Albert Hubbell  (photo above from the Wilton Bulletin, taken in the early 1960s)  Born, Duluth, Minnesota, 1908.  Died, 1994, Fairfield, Connecticut. 

After spending time at The Art Students League in New York, and some time studying in Paris, Mr. Hubbell worked for a short time as Book Editor for both Time and Newsweek. He worked briefly at  The Chicago Sun  before joining the New Yorker where he began contributing to Notes & Comment (his first contribution was in the issue of January 16, 1943), as well as fiction. 

In the April 22, 1944 issue, he contributed a cartoon (run full page) — his only cartoon to appear in the magazine.  During his last twenty years at the magazine, his contributions were mostly covers  – nineteen of them appeared between 1964 and 1985.  His distinctive spot drawings also appeared in the magazine for many years.  Seemingly foreshadowing his run of covers, he told a reporter from the Wilton (Connecticut) Bulletin in 1961 that  “I’ve been trying — and succeeding — in enlarging the spot drawings.  Now I’m doing bigger ones and getting away with it.”

Mr. Hubbell holds a unique position as the only temporary Art Editor in The New Yorker’s history, filling in for James Geraghty, the magazine’s Art Editor from 1939 thru 1973.  Hubbell held the temporary position for the first four months of 1943 while Geraghty was away participating in classes for the  Volunteer Officer Corps.

It’s not difficult to imagine Mr. Hubbell was thinking of his own work when he wrote the following in his introduction to William Steig’s 1990 collection, Our Miserable Life:

“…graphic art is best dealt with on its own terms — lines and hatchings and smears and smudges put down on paper to convey a thought about something, or just to create a drawing, like Steig’s of a rainy day, for its own sweet sake.”