It’s a rare breed now, but once upon a time New Yorker cartoonists who contributed covers to the magazine were the norm. Rea Irvin, who everyone associates with the magazine’s mascot, Eustace Tilley, was the first cross-over New Yorker cover artist/cartoonist. Inotherwords, he did both covers and cartoons. Al Frueh was the first to accomplish both: his was the magazine’s second cover and his cartoons appeared twice in the first issue. ( Rea Irvin’s first cartoon didn’t appear until the issue of June 6th, 1925). An even rarer subset of contributors includes the handful who’ve contributed covers, cartoons and written pieces ( Peter Arno, James Thurber, James Stevenson, Lou Myers, Lee Lorenz, Bob Mankoff and Roz Chast come readily to mind).
Up until 1992, when Tina Brown became editor the greater per centage of the year’s covers were executed by cartoonists. When Ms. Brown divided the Art Editor’s position in two, with a Cartoon Editor responsible for cartoons and an Art Editor responsible for covers, the majority of covers began to be executed by illustrators, graphic artists and in some cases, fine artists, such as Red Grooms, and more recently, Wayne Thiebaud.
Here’s a list of cartoonists who’ve contributed to both the outside and inside of the magazine (contemporary cartoonists who’ve continued to cross-over in the most recent years are high-lighted in blue):
CEM (Charles E. Martin)
Whitney Darrow, Jr.
James Daugherty (aka Jimmy-the-Ink)
Bruce Eric Kaplan