I have Joe Dator’s latest New Yorker cartoon to thank for my coming upon the cartoon shown by P. G. Garetto. Found in the issue of September 3, 1938, this was the first and last time (Ms. or Mr.) Garetto’s work appeared in the New Yorker, thus an immediate qualifier for the Spill’s One Club. The club is limited to cartoonists who have contributed just one drawing to the magazine in their career. Every member is identified on the Spill’s A-Z by the red top-hatted fellow you see below.
But back to Mr. Dator. After seeing his drawing I wanted to know how many other zebra drawings had appeared in The New Yorker (less than two dozen). I was looking through the magazine’s database when P.G. Garetto’s name showed up. I knew I’d never seen it before. A further New Yorker database search turned up no other contributions from this artist. So welcome to the One Club, P.G. Garetto!
I’ve shown some of the text surrounding the cartoon because of the unusual placement of the two dots just above the drawing. These two dots have been appearing below the magazine’s cartoons every now and then since the magazine began. I’ve never seen them appear above a cartoon, until now. Brendan Gill, in his book Here At The New Yorker, wrote about the dots:
“…unless I have been deliberately kept in ignorance of their true meaning throughout all these years, the dots (which can indeed be found under some of our drawings) are, like so many other things in the magazine, vestiges of notions of design that originated in the twenties and that have survived…”
Advertising Work by New Yorker Cartoonists, Part 9: Mary Gibson
In Liza Donnelly’s Funny Ladies, a history of women cartoonists in the New Yorker, she says of Ms. Gibson’s work: “She…began by drawing cartoons about women in the military, which included subjects ranging from the stocking shortage to WACs needing a hairdresser…after the war was over, Gibson’s cartoons looked more like Hokinson imitations and were concerned with insecure, middle-aged women.”
Dates for these ads: 1950 for the upper row; 1951 for the bottom row.
Mary Gibson’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z:
Note: My thanks to Warren Bernard, the Executive Director of SPX, for allowing Ink Spill access to his collection of advertisements by New Yorker artists.
Latest New Yorker Cartoons Rated
Max and Simon, The Cartoon Companion’s anonymous duo, are back with a look at all the cartoons in the current double issue. Among the drawings rated and inspected: a case of leg-cast mistaken identity, concerned neighbors, mystery meat on sale, a musical jury, and an artist working, selectively, in 3-D. Read it all here.
Talkin’ Bout Art Young
From the New Yorker’s Culture Desk, August 2, 2017, “Art Young: Cartoonist For the Ages” — this piece by Francoise Mouly and Art Spiegelman in conjunction with the August 1st publication of That We May Not Weep: The Life & Times of Art Young (Fantagraphics) by Glenn Bray and Frank M. Young. (Mr. Spiegelman contributes an essay to the book).
Here’s Art Young’s entry on the Spill’s A-Z: