The Cover: What a beauty by Marcellus Hall! Read about it here. I was really surprised when the cover popped up on my screen this morning — was fully expecting a political cover.
The Illustrations: The New Yorker has certainly become a — if not the — mainstream magazine showcase for illustration. It’s become a blend of the best of Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Gourmet (remember Gourmet? What a good looking magazine that was). The 20 illustrations in the issue, including 5 1/2 full pages, far surpass the number and space afforded the 16 cartoons.
The Cartoons: A newbie this week: Pat Achilles. Ms. Achilles is the 6th new cartoonist introduced this year and the 18th new cartoonist to be introduced since Emma Allen was appointed cartoon editor in May of 2017.
Rea Irvin: In 1924, when the New Yorker was still in the development phase, Harold Ross, the magazine’s founder and first editor, hired Mr. Irvin as art supervisor. We can be thankful to Mr. Irvin for a quartet of fundamental graphic elements that scream New Yorker :
1. Eustace Tilley, the magazine’s mascot.
2. The so-called Irvin Typeface (adapted, with permission from Allen Lewis).
3. The quality of the art itself, including covers, cartoons and spot drawings.
4. The Talk Of The Town masthead (shown below).
Those four pillars of the magazine remained intact until last year when Mr. Irvin’s Talk masthead was replaced by a redraw. Read about it here.
— See you next week.