Two recent additions to our Cartoon Library:
Above is a 1949 Dell paperback by the late great Whitney Darrow, Jr.,who died in 1999 at age 89. He began contributing to The New Yorker in 1933. I have a special affection for Mr. Darrow — my entry into The New Yorker way back in 1977 began with him executing one of my ideas (“Nothing will ever happen to you.”). I had a close encounter with him once at a New Yorker event thrown on West 14th Street in Manhattan at a place called Nell’s. Unfortunately, the music was so overwhelming it would’ve been impossible for us to have a conversation, so, in the best cartoonist fashion we stood with our backs to the wall, and watched the party.
Hold It, Florence! contains some material from two of Darrow’s cartoon collections, Please Pass the Hostess, and You’re Sitting on My Eyelashes! as well as some cartoons never before collected in book form.
And below is Strictly Doctors (Pocket Books, 1963) by another late great New Yorker cartoonist, Mischa Richter, who died at age 90 in 2001. He began contributing to The New Yorker in 1942. (I was thrilled when, in 1999, Mr. Richter agreed to an interview for my biography of Peter Arno).