The Cover: This is Malika Favre’s seventh cover for The New Yorker (according to the Contributors info on page 4). An exceptionally decorative cover for “The Style Issue”… Read more here.
A very Charles Addamsy David Sipress drawing this week (that’s a compliment, of course).
Cartoon placement on the page has been mentioned here numerous times: happy to say that seven (i.e., half) of the cartoons in the issue were given breathing room. They look great.
Tom Cheney’s Hell’s Auditors cartoon especially caught my eye (it’s on page 29). I believe that this is the fourth time New Yorker cartoonists have specifically word-played with the Hell’s Angels “colors.” Jack Ziegler had two, this beauty, published in The New Yorker, February 27, 1989:
And an earlier one, published in The New Yorker, December 17, 1984:
And then there was this one by yours truly in the December 25th, 1995 issue of The New Yorker:
A quick search of The New Yorker‘s database shows over a hundred of its cartoons have incorporated a motorcycle. Sometimes the bike and biker are bit players, and other times they’re the focus of the drawing. An awful lot of the cartoons concern folks getting speeding tickets from a motorcycle cop (and many of them show the cop in-wait behind a billboard).
There are a small number of cartoons with motorcyclists wearing colors, but the usage doesn’t include mention of the Hell’s Angels. Ed Arno’s motorcycle gang wearing jackets that read “Inflation Fighters” (published April 2, 1979) is one example.
To return to the great Jack Ziegler for a moment, he used the Hell’s Angels colors once again, but left their name intact in this fabulous drawing published in The New Yorker, November 13, 2000:
A long long way from the subject of Hell’s Angels, for those interested in trivia: the first mention of a motorcycle cartoon in the New Yorker‘s database is Al Frueh’s cartoon in the February 13, 1926 issue. The second cartoon with a motorcycle in the picture was published December 7, 1929. It set off a bit of a in-house squabble, but that’s a story for another time (the artist was Peter Arno).
Lastly, still no sight of Rea Irvin’s classic Talk masthead. Read about it here, and see it below: