The Monday Tilley Watch, The New Yorker Issue Of November 9, 2020

The Cover

The cover before the big day.  Are my eyes playing tricks on me or is the line of people (waiting to vote, heading into the sunset, or sunrise?) forming a “B”…could be a B for Blitt, the cover artist, or a B for, well, you know who…).

Stepping into The New Yorker time machine (again), I opened up the giant Complete Book Of Covers From The New Yorker 1925-1989 and began looking for the magazine’s first election day cover. I was ever so slightly surprised it took seven years for one to turn up.  The honor belongs to William Cotton, and his cover of November 5, 1932.

In that long-ago issue, Otto Soglow’s spot drawing on the Talk Of The Town’s lead page starts things off. After cartoons by James Thurber, William Steig, R. Van Buren, and a full page by W.C. Galbraith, the first (and only) cartoon that addresses voting belongs to Helen Hokinson (shown below). Her drawing is followed by work from these artists: Alan Dunn, a full page by Carl Rose, Syd Hoff, Garrett Price, Otto Soglow, Mary Petty, a couple of Thurber illustrations for a column on Football, and finally, another Hokinson (talk about yer All Star team!)

The Cartoonists In The Issue of Nov 9, 2020

Thirteen cartoons, fourteen cartoonists (Roz Chast has a Sketchbook). This week’s  new additions to the cartoonist stable are Kevin Reilly and Alexander Andreades, the 22nd and 23rd debut New Yorker cartoonists of 2020, and the 75th & 76th new cartoonists brought in since Emma Allen became cartoon editor in the Spring of 2017.

The Cartoons

Two, possibly three cartoons related to politics this week: Ellis Rosen’s (on page 16) mentions an election (not specifically this election, although we might assume), while Frank Cotham’s (on page 28) is a peek at the Founding Fathers decision-making process. It’s a coin toss as to whether Glen Baxter’s charming mail deliverin’ moose (on page 60) is political.

The Rea Irvin Talk Masthead Watch

If you’re just tuning in to the whole Rea Irvin masthead “issue” you might consider reading this.



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