On February 7th, Liza Donnelly will speak at Ohio’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum about Barbara Shermund, a major contributor of cartoons during The New Yorker’s early years. Details here.
Here’s Ms. Shermund’s entry on The Spill‘s A-Z:
Barbara Shermund (self portrait, to the left) Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work)
If you search for Frank Beaven online (as I recently have) a variety of work shows up, from “girlie” magazine covers to advertising work to New Yorker appearances (he contributed 15 cartoons to the magazine between 1933 and 1946). Here’s a slight auto-biographical piece and self-portrait he contributed to the 1941 collection, Colliers Collects Its Wits. Below that are three ads by Mr. Beaven, all courtesy of Warren Bernard: Eveready (1943), Zippo (1946), and B.F. Goodrich (1946).
Below: another Eveready ad from the website, Hairy Green Eyeball, where you can find a nice collection of more Eveready ads by Mr. Beaven as well as by various cartoonists.
Another auto-biographical piece and self-portrait, along with a New Yorker drawing ( it appeared in the issue of March 13, 1943) from the Best Cartoons of the Year 1943:
Here’s Mr. Beaven’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z: Franklin (Frank) Beaven Born, Lebanon, Indiana, c.1905. Died Allendale, New Jersey, 1975. New Yorker work: May 20, 1933 – March 2, 1946. Beaven also wrote articles for the old Life , and Judge. Besides The New Yorker, his cartoons appeared in Colliers, The Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, and others.
2. The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum posted this piece about Mr. Beaven back in 2012.
…this week’s Daily cartoon featured a senator’s eye exam (executed by David Sipress), fallen dynamos, uh, I mean dominoes courtesy of Kim Warp; a plugged-in Little Mermaid by Jeremy Nguyen; an axe-wielding President by Peter Kuper, and headlines in the morning news(paper) from Kim Warp. Daily Shouts pieces included two cartoon colleagues: Colin Tom (“Trump’s Desert-Island Sand Trap”) and Ellis Rosen (“Make Your Own G.O.P. Tax Bill”).
Just announced: Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum has put its original art and book holdings online. This is no small thing as they have over 200,000 items in their collection.
I noted in the Museum’s description of their holdings (below, in pink) that single panel cartoons (such as those found most famously in The New Yorker) aren’t mentioned, but they are certainly there, including the recently donated works of Jack Ziegler.
MCA’s collection consists of approximately 200,000 items, including 83,214 original drawings from all genres of cartoon art (comic strips, comic books, animation, editorial, advertising, sport, caricature, greeting cards, graphic novels, and illustrations)…
A Finding Aid is promised soon, which will make searching less of a guessing game as to who is included in their collection (of course, that game can be fun). Also searchable are their book holdings. I’ve shown a partial screen grab of what turned up when I searched in “Art” for Peter Arno. You’ll find links to both “Art” and “Books” by going here.
Congratulations and thanks to the Museum for providing us with this wonderfully exciting resource.
Jack Ziegler has donated his work (including archival materials) to Ohio State’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. From the OSU announcement:
This collection spans half a century of cartooning, from the sketchbooks of a budding artist and early days at The New Yorker to recent work. Ziegler says about his donation, “It was important to me to locate a place that would properly preserve all my original published cartoon art from The New Yorker magazine, et al., along with related miscellany, for future scholars and the general public or other interested parties to peruse.”
There will be a screening of Dedini: A Life of Cartoons on February 20th.
From the Museum’s brochure:
Eldon Dedini (1921 – 2006) was a master of the gag cartoon. For almost half a century, both The New Yorker and Playboy regularly published his work, which featured a unique blend of art and humor informed by his insatiable appetite for knowledge and his love of fine art, jazz, wine and life.
From Ink Spill‘s New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z:
Eldon Dedini ( Pictured above. Source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born 1921, King City, Calif. Died Jan.12, 2006, Carmel, Calif. NYer work: 1950 – 2003. Collection: The Dedini Gallery ( Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, 1961)