The Cover: Ed Steed returns with his second New Yorker cover, and like his first (August 26th of this year) it’s a winner. Read the magazine’s Q&A with Mr. Steed about his cover here.
The Cartoonists & Cartoons:
A number of drawings of special note in this issue:
A fab mouse drawing (it’s on page 30) by the great Sam Gross. As noted here recently, Mr. Gross is now in his 50th year of contributing to The New Yorker.
Sara Lautman’s “…accompanied” drawing (p. 43) is a fine fun drawing — delivered in a style unlike any other in the magazine’s stable.
Lars Kenseth’s astronauts drawing (p. 58). I’ll just say it: Mr. Kenseth’s drawing made me laugh out loud.
Sofia Warren’s Charles Addamsy drawing (p. 63). A good deal of information to absorb, well-handled.
Glen Baxter’s lion in a museum (p. 48). I’m a sucker for (what seem like) bolt-of-lightning drawings. By that I mean drawings that seem instantaneously transferred to us from the artist without labor (Jack Ziegler was a master of the form). I could be completely wrong: perhaps Mr. Baxter spent hours and days developing this particular cartoon. It’s become a favorite Baxter drawing.
David Borchart’s drawing (p.44) is a fine addition to the magazine’s desert island canon. May desert island drawings never end.
From one who loves castles (and drawing them), nice to see Jeremy Nguyen’s different take (p.25).
A newbie in this issue: Yael Green makes her debut appearance (p.74). Ms. Green is the 23rd new cartoonist brought into the fold this year, and the 49th since Emma Allen became cartoon editor in the Spring of 2017.
The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch: Here’s Mr. Irvin’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:
Rea Irvin Born, San Francisco, 1881; died in the Virgin Islands,1972. Irvin was the cover artist for the New Yorker’s first issue, February 21, 1925. He was the magazine’s first art editor, holding the position from 1925 until 1939 when James Geraghty assumed the title. Irvin became art director and remained in that position until William Shawn succeeded Harold Ross. Irvin’s last original work for the magazine was the magazine’s cover of July 12, 1958. The February 21, 1925 Eustace Tilley cover had been reproduced every year on the magazine’s anniversary until 1994, when R. Crumb’s Tilley-inspired cover appeared. Tilley has since reappeared, with other artists substituting from time-to-time.
The classic Talk masthead by Mr Irvin that ran for 92 consecutive years is shown above. It was replaced by a redraw (!) in the Spring of 2017. It’s never too late to bring it back.