What follows is a work in progress — it isn’t a complete list of The New Yorker’s cartoonists, and probably never will be. A complete list is likely impossible as The New Yorker itself has not been able to identify a number of early contributors.
Each name carries some bare-bones biographical information (if available), indicating when a cartoonist began contributing to the magazine (and, when it applies, when their contributions came to an end). Additions, corrections, advice always welcome.
As many of you know, sometimes New Yorker cartoonists are also New Yorker cover artists (Charles Saxon is an example), and the reverse is true: sometimes cover artists have contributed cartoons (Arthur Getz is an example). and then there are cover artists who’ve remained strictly cover artists. The A-Z has slowly started to add these folks.
For dates of when a cartoonist began (and where it applies, ceased) contributing to The New Yorker, I’ve cross checked dates using the discs accompanying The Complete Cartoons of The New Yorker , the discs accompanying The Complete New Yorker, The search feature on the Cartoonbank.com’s site, and where applicable, obituaries, usually in The New York Times. In some cases, the cartoonists themselves have supplied the date. The New Yorker’s library has also supplied information, and/or confirmation.
For biographical information: In many cases the cartoonists themselves have supplied this information to me. Other sources include obituaries in The New York Times ( and elsewhere), and numerous cartoon anthologies which contain biographical information. Among the most helpful: Colliers Collects Its Wits (Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1941), Meet The Artist (M.H. deYoung Memorial Museum, 1943) The World Encyclopedia of Cartoons (Chelsea House, 1980), The Best Cartoons of The Year 1943, Crown Publishers, 1943), The National Cartoonists Society Album 1996 ( NCS, 1996). I’ve also relied on biographical information from individual websites operated by cartoonists. As above, The New Yorker’s library has in some cases supplied, and/or confirmed information.
Entries in red with this icon attached are members of the One Club. That is, their work appeared just once in The New Yorker. Membership is limited to cartoonists whose work has not appeared in the magazine in 30 or more years. To read a little more on this exclusive club please visit the entry “Just Once” in the Posted Notes section. Scroll down to March 31, 2008.
More Housekeeping: the date given for when an artist began contributing to The New Yorker refers to when their work began appearing in the print magazine. If an artist was contributing solely to a newyorker.com (i.e., online) feature for weeks, months, or years before being published in the magazine, that beginning date is not given.
The Spill’s New Yorker Cartoonists N-Z
Ruth Nash NYer work: five drawings, from February 23, 1946 through May 18, 1946
Fred Neher (above) Born, Indiana, 1903. Died, Boulder, Colorado, 2001. New Yorker work: 1 drawing, January 21, 1933. More information
Emily Nemens New Yorker work: 2016 –.
Ralph Newman NYer work: one drawing, September 21, 1946
Jeremy Nguyen (above) New Yorker work: February 7, 2017 –. Website: www.jeremywinslife.com/about/
Louis Nitka NYer work: three drawings (further research to be done on Mr. Nitka)
Ed Nofziger ( Self portrait above from Best Cartoons of the Year 1943) Born 1913, California. Died, Ojai, California, October 16, 2000. His work appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, The Saturday Review and Parade, among others. As well as being a comic strip artist he also worked in animation, and as an illustrator. New Yorker work: November 14, 1936 — December 7, 1940.
Alfonse Normandia NYer work: three drawings: December 28, 1957/ June 28, 1958 / December 5, 1959
John Norment ( photos above courtesy of John Norment’s niece, Mandy Teare) Born, Lebanon, Tennessee, 1911. Died, Westport, Connecticut, 1988. NYer work: fourteen drawings and two covers, between 1969 and 1982. Mr. Norment had a long, wide ranging career, working as assistant art director for Esquire, an an editor of 1000 Jokes Magazine and For Laughing Out Loud at Dell. Later, one issue of a magazine called A Million Laughs. He was very instrumental publishing Gahan Wilson’s early work.* More information about his life and work can be found here: johnnorment.com/about.htm
*My thanks to Dick Buchanan for the biographical information concerning Mr. Norment’s work outside of The New Yorker
Paul Noth (above) New Yorker work: 2004 – . Noth is a writer and artist whose cartoons appear regularly in The New Yorker and occasionally in other publications, including The Wall Street Journal. He was a regular guest writer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” for which he created the cartoon “Pale Force.” He has also written for CBS’s “The Late Late Show” and other television programs.
William O’Brian NYer work: August 16, 1952 – August 16, 1976
John O’Brien (pictured) Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1953. His New Yorker work includes both cartoons & covers. First contribution appeared in the issue of August 3, 1987. Website: johnobrienillustrator.com
Mark O’Donnell Born, Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 1954. Died, New York, NY, August 6, 2012. NYer work: two drawings: June 1, 1992, July 6, 1992. A Tony Award winning writer (Hairspray) , as well as a contributor of humor pieces to The New Yorker.
Charles O’Glass NYer work: 12 drawings, April 23, 1960 – August 17, 1968
Richard Oldden Born May 4, 1931, Indio, California. New Yorker work: July 23, 1966 – .
George Olden New Yorker work: two drawings: December 9, 1944 & December 8, 1945.
Jessica Olien (pictured) New Yorker work: May 28, 2018 — . Website: https://www.jessicaolien.com/cartoons
Jenni Oliver Born November 9, 1944, Bloomington, Indiana. Died, October 29, 2015, Edgartown, Massachusetts. 28 New Yorker covers: September 1, 1975 — April 20, 1992. An obit here from The Vineyard Gazette, Nov. 5, 2015. Ms. Oliver was the daughter of another New Yorker cover artist, Joseph Low.
Everett Opie Born, Chicago, Ill. 1930. Died, New York, NY, June 11, 2004. Collection: Dress Up That Line! In and Out of Step with Opie (Charles E. Tuttle Co., 1959).
Robert Orr NYer work: 3 drawings: March 13, 1926 / May 7, 1927 / April 19, 1930
David Ostow New Yorker work: November 12, 2018 —. Website
Palmer NYer work: one drawing, November 17, 1928
Drew Panckeri New Yorker work: April 13, 2015 —.
Corey Pandolph New Yorker work: October 17, 2011 Website: fakerockstar.tumblr.com/
Robert Paplow New Yorker work: three drawings: August 18, 1951 / September 15, 1951 / August 29, 1953
W.B. Park Born, 1936, Sanford, Florida. Died, January 2, 2021. New Yorker work: 1981 –2000. Key Collection: Off The Leash! (Topperhill, 1987).
Teresa Burns Parkhurst New Yorker work: October 16, 2017 –.
Virgil Partch ( VIP) (pictured) Born, St. Paul Island, Alaska, 1917; died in a car crash on Interstate 5, north of Los Angeles. California, August 1984. New Yorker work: six drawings, beginning in November 21, 1942. His last appeared May 3, 1976.
David Pascal Born, 1918, New York, NY, died, March 3, 2003, NYC ; New Yorker work: 1954 -1990
Jason Patterson NYer work: August 30, 2004 – .
Augustus Peck NYer work: two drawings, September 7, 1929 & April 11, 1931
Ralph E. Pearson NYer work: 3 drawings: August 4, 1928 / May 4, 1929 / July 27, 1929
Ralph Pekor New Yorker work: 1 drawing, May 18, 1946
C.F. Peters New Yorker work: 1 drawing, December 26, 1925
Bruce Petty Born, Melbourne, Austrailia, 1929. New Yorker work: 1959 -1969.
Mary Petty Born, Hampton, New Jersey, April 29, 1899. Died, Paramus, New Jersey, March, 1976. NYer work: October 22,1927 – March 19,1966. Collection: This Petty Place ( Knopf, 1945) with a Preface by James Thurber.
Rina Piccolo NYer work: November 24, 2008 – . Website: tinasgroove.com/rina
Ethel Plummer (above) Born, Brooklyn, NY, 1888. New Yorker work: Ms. Plummer has the dual distinction of being both the New Yorker’s first female cartoonist as well as having her work in the magazine’s very first issue, February 21, 1925. Ms. Plummer, whose married name was Mrs. Frederick E. Humphreys, died October 31, 1936, at her home, 33 Fifth Avenue, New York. More info on Ms. Plummer can be found here.
Jason Polan New Yorker work: March 6, 2006 –. Born, July 17, 1982. Died January 27, 2020. A One Club Member. His on New Yorker drawing published March 6, 2006. Website
Arantza Pena Popo New Yorker work: November 2, 2020
Peter Porges (photo above, courtesy of Felipe Galindo) Born, Vienna, Austria, 1926. Died, December 2016. New Yorker work: July 3, 1965 – . Mr. Porges was a long time contributor to Mad magazine. Read the Ink Spill Appreciation here.
Garrett Price ( Pictured above. Source: Esquire Cartoon Album, 1957) Born, 1897, Bucyrus, Kansas. Died, April, 1979, Norwalk, Conn. Collection: Drawing Room Only / A Book of Cartoons (Coward -McCann, 1946). NYer work: 1925 -1974.
George Price (above) Born in Coytesville, New Jersey, June 9, 1901. Died January 12, 1995, Engelwood, New Jersey. New Yorker work: 1929 – 1991. Lee Lorenz, the New Yorker’s former Art/Cartoon editor, called Price one of the magazine’s great stylists (along with Peter Arno, Helen Hokinson, James Thurber, and William Steig. Of the many Price collections, here are two favorites: Browse At Your Own Risk (1977), and The World of George Price: A 55-Year Retrospective (1988)
John M. Price Born ( Pennsylvania?) February 5, 1918, died January 19, 2009, Radnor, Pennsylvania. New Yorker work: February 17, 1940, March 9, 1940, June 8, 1941, and August 30, 1941. His work appeared in many publications, including The Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, The Country Gentleman, and Colliers. Key collection (self published) Don’t Get Polite with Me.
Louis Priscilla NYer work: three drawings: January 28, 1933 / December 28, 1935 / August 22, 1936
Lee Purcell Born, Indiana, December 5, 1911. Died Los Angeles, California, 1983. New Yorker work: one drawing, August 14, 1943.
Pusey NYer work: one drawing, December 15, 1928
Radford NYer work: one drawing, April 14, 1928
Michael Rae-Grant New Yorker work: February 25, 2008 –.
Sarah Ransohoff (above) New Yorker work: November 5, 2018 –.Website.
Gardner Rea (self portrait above from Collier’s Collects Its Wits. Photo from Rea’s NYTs obit, 1966.) Born, Ironton, Ohio 1892. Died, 1966. Collections: The Gentleman Says It’s Pixies / Collier’s Cartoons by Gardner Rea (Robert McBride & Co. 1944), Gardner Rea’s Sideshow (Robert McBride & Co, 1945). NYer work: 1st issue (February 21, 1925) – 1965
Lillian Reed New Yorker work: one drawing, July 12, 1930
John Reehill New Yorker work: June 23, 1928 – February 10, 1934
Donald Reilly ( Pictured above in the mid 1980s. Photograph by Liza Donnelly) Born, Scranton, Pa. November 11, 1933; died, Wilton, Ct., June 18, 2006. Graduated from Muhlenberg College in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in English; received a certificate in fine arts from Cooper Union in 1963. NYer work: 1964 -2006; 1,107 cartoons and 16 covers. Rumored to have been on the shortlist in consideration to succeed James Geraghty as The New Yorker’s Art Editor (Lee Lorenz, in his book The Art of The New Yorker 1925 -1995, said Reilly was “Geraghty’s choice” to succeed him). William Shawn eventually appointed Lee Lorenz to the position in 1973 [see Lorenz listing above]
Kevin Reilly New Yorker work: November 9, 2020
Paul Reilly New Yorker work: 3 drawings: April 11, 1925 — May 16, 1925.
Harry Rein Born, New york City, February 13, 1908. Died, April 7, 1969. New Yorker work: one drawing, February 24, 1934
Doug Reina New Yorker work: Two drawings: March 6, 2000 & June 19, 2000. Website: dougreina.com
John Reynolds New Yorker work: Thirty-four drawings, from November 10, 1928 through December 13, 1930.
Larry Reynolds (Photo from I Feel Like A Cad, 1944; self portrait above right from Colliers Collects Its Wits, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1941) Born, Mt. Vernon, NY, c. 1912. Died, March 4, 2002, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. New Yorker work: 3 drawings: Jan 7, 1939 / Feb 24, 1940 / April 6, 1940. Collection of Note: I Feel Like A Cad (drawings from Collier’s Weekly). Link to Allan Holtz’s Reynold’s Stripper’s Guide Profile here.
Gaspano Ricca New Yorker work: two drawings: April 28, 1928 & October 6, 1928.
Emily Richards (Hopkins) See Emily Sanders Hopkins
Mischa Richter (photo above courtesy of Sarah Geraghty Herndon). Born, Kharkov, Russia, 1910. Died, March 23, 2001. New Yorker work: January 10, 1942 – January 20, 2003 ; Key books: This One’s On Me! (McGraw-Hill, 1945) , The Cartoonist’s Muse, co-authored by Harald Bakken (Contemporary Books, 1992). )
J.P. Rini New Yorker work: 1988 — .
Akeem Roberts New Yorker work: July 8, 2019 —
Cliff Roberts (photo above) Born, 1929. Died, 1999. New Yorker work: four drawings, from March 30, 1968 through June 20, 1970
Seth Roberts & Brian Hawes See Brian Hawes & Seth Roberts.
Victoria Roberts born, New York City, 1957. New Yorker work: September 5, 1988 – . Website: http://thevictoriaroberts.com/
Boardman Robinson (self portrait above from Meet the Artist) Born, Nova Scotia, Sept. 6, 1876. According to Maurice Horn’s World Encyclopedia of Cartoons (Chelsea House Publishers, 1980), Beginning in 1910, while working at the New York Tribune, Robinson “exerted more influence on his profession than almost any other cartoonist over the years. With Robert Minor of the Pulitzer papers, Robinson explored the use of lithographic crayon as a means of shading on paper for editorial cartoons…it remained a convention of editorial cartooning well into the 1960s.” NYer work : 1925 – 1926.
William Heath Robinson (photo above) Born, May 31, 1872; died, September, 1944. NYer work: 7 drawings, February 28, 1925 -May 30, 1942. Famous in England for his Rube Goldberg-like drawings of contraptions, Robinson published a number of collections in his lifetime, including an autobiography, My Life of Line ( Blackie & Sons, 1938). A brief web bio:www.bpib.com/illustrat/whrobin.htm
Charles Rodrigues New Yorker work: Four drawings — Sept 20, 1969, April 22, 1972, Jan.6. 1973, Feb 3, 1973
Dan Roe New Yorker work: April 13, 2015 –.
Stephen Ronay New Yorker work: 2 drawings, September 16, 1933 & April 8, 1939
Carl Rose (photo above) Born, New York City; died, Rowayton, Ct., June 20, 1971, age 68. New Yorker work: 1925 – 1971. Collection; One Dozen Roses (Random House, 1946). Note: this collection contains essays by Rose on cartoon themes. Especially of interest is his essay concerning Harold Ross, “An Artist’s Best Friend is His Editor”. Carl Rose will forever be linked to E.B. White for the December 8, 1928 New Yorker cartoon of the mother saying to her child, “It’s broccoli, dear.” and the child responding, “I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.” The drawing was by Rose, the caption was adapted by White from Rose’s original idea (for a slighty expanded explanation go here). Rose also had a Thurber connection. In 1932, Rose submitted a drawing captioned, “Touche!” of two fencers, one of whom has just cut off the head of the other. Harold Ross ( according to Thurber in The Years With Ross) thinking the Rose version “too bloody” suggested Thurber do the drawing because “Thurber’s people have no blood. You can put their heads back on and they’re as good as new.” The drawing appeared December 3, 1932.
Ellis Rosen (self portrait above, courtesy of Mr. Rosen) Born in New York, NY 1985. Currently lives in Brooklyn. Mr. Rosen illustrated a children’s chapter book, Woundabout (Little Brown, 2015) and contributed to Yiddishkeit (Abrams, 2011) and several other anthologies. New Yorker work: December 12, 2016 — Website: ellis-rosen.format.com/
Al Ross Born Al Roth, Vienna Austria, October 19, 1911. Died, March 23, 2012. One of four Roth brothers, all of them cartoonists ( Ben, Salo, and Irving are the other three). NYer work: 1937- 2002. Collections: Sexcapades – The Love Life of the Modern Homo Sapiens ( Stravon Publishers, 1953), Bums vs Billionaires (Dell, 1972).
Arnold Roth Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 25, 1929. New Yorker work: November 16, 1992 –. Mr. Roth’s career is long and storied, his work associated with a number of magazines including Playboy, Esquire, TIME, and Punch. Read all about it on his website: www.arnoldroth.com/
Also recommended is Gary Groth’s 2013 Comics Journal interview with Mr. Roth. Suggested reading: Arnold Roth: Freelance: A Fifty Year Retrospective
Herb Roth Born in San Francisco, Calif. 1887, died Oct 27, 1953, NYC. New Yorker work: 1st issue — issue of June 6th, 1925.
Lisa Rothstein New Yorker work: August 5, 2019 —
Julian Rowe New Yorker work: Oct 21, 2013 –. Website: www.julianrowe.com/
John Ruge (self portrait above from Collier’s Collects Its Wits) Born, Faribault, Minnesota, October 2, 1915. New Yorker work: 24 drawings, November 6, 1937 – May 21, 1966. Mr. Ruge has been credited as the author of the caption for Peter Arno’ s classic,”Well, back to the old drawing board.”
Ali Rushfield New Yorker work: September 15, 2014 —
Douglas Ryan New Yorker work: 1932 -1933.
William Sakren Born, 1902; died 1991. New Yorker work: two drawings: January 10, 1977, May 30, 1977.
Ozge Samanci New Yorker work: January 4&11, 2021–.
Jacob Samuel (above) New Yorker work: July 28, 2014 —. Website:www.mostresponsibleperson.org/
Charles Sauers Born July 18, 1922, Indianapolis, Indiana. New Yorker work: June 2, 1956 – April 4, 1988.
Jennifer Saura (above) Began at The New Yorker as an assistant to the magazine’s Cartoon Editor, Bob Mankoff. New Yorker work: January 3, 2011 — .
Brian Savage Born February 5, 1931, Cambridge, Massachusetts. New Yorker work: June 17, 1972 — . Mr. Savage’s work was primarily found in Playboy.
Charles Saxon (self portrait from Best Cartoons of the Year 1947) Born in Brooklyn, Nov 13, 1920, died in Stamford, Conn., Dec 6, 1988. New Yorker work: 1943 – 1991 (2 drawings published posthumously). Key collection: One Man’s Fancy ( Dodd, Mead, 1977). One of the giants of the New Yorker’s stable of artists. He could do it all: covers, spreads, single panels.
August J. Schallack NYer work: one drawing, March 1, 1930
Schaub New Yorker work: one drawing: October 16, 1926
Jim Schmalzried Born September 17, 1954; died November, 1983. New Yorker work: one drawing, June 30, 1980
Walter Schmidt New Yorker work: four drawings, from August 8, 1931 through December 9, 1933
Howard Schneider New Yorker work: two drawings, November 8, 1958 & April 20, 1963.
Bernard Schoenbaum Born, August 8, 1920, New York City. Died at home, Whitestone, Queens, NY, May 7, 2010. After receiving his art education at Parsons School of Design, he was a free-lance advertising illustrator for many years. Appearing in The New Yorker since 1974, he was a contract cartoonist there. His cartoons have been reprinted in books and periodicals worldwide and are also in many private collections. His other endeavors included teaching the figure, life drawing, portrait sketching, oil painting and water colors. These have also been privately collected. He lived ( with his wife, Rhoda, a retired librarian) in Whitestone, New York with a winter residence in West Palm Beach, Florida. His three grown daughters are a graphic designer, a computer technician, and a charter school principal. New Yorker work: 1974 – 2002. ( place and date of birth from NYTs obit, May 18, 2010)
Adolph Schus Born, c. 1908. Schus was editor of Pageant Magazine in 1945 (Source: autobiographical blurb, Best Cartoons of the Year, 1947). New Yorker work: one drawing March 19, 1938.
Benjamin Schwartz (above) Born, 1981, New York, New York. Raised in Westchester, New York. Always wanted to be either a doctor or a cartoonist. Finally settled on one circa 2009. New Yorker work: December 12, 2011- .
William Scully New Yorker work: two drawings, February 14, 1948 & March 6, 1948. Known for his long career as a Punch contributor.
Ronald Searle (pictured above) Born, Cambridge, England March 3, 1920. Died, December 30, 2011, Draguignan, France. Steven Heller, who wrote Searle’s obit for The New York Times (Jan 4, 2012) said Searle’s “outlandishly witty illustrations for books, magazine covers, newspaper editorial pages and advertisements helped define postwar graphic humor…”
Daryl Seitchik New Yorker work: November 2, 2020
J.J. Sempe Born, Bordeaux, France, August 17, 1932. New Yorker work: 1978 – .
Neil Sessa New Yorker work: one drawing, May 14, 1938.
Seth (above) Born Gregory Gallant, 1962, Clinton, Ontario. New Yorker work: 2002 -.
Burr Shafer New Yorker work: one drawing, May 27, 1944
Danny Shanahan (photo above, Rhinebeck, NY 2013, by Michael Maslin) Born, Brooklyn, NY. New Yorker work: 1988 – . Key collection: Lassie! Get Help! (Pantheon, 1990)
George V. Shanks New Yorker work: 16 drawings, March 7, 1925 – January 12, 1929
Michael Shaw (above) New Yorker work: 1999 – .
George Shellhase ( Self portrait above. Source: Best Cartoons of the Year 1943) Born, Philadelphia, 1885; Lived for many years in Greenwich, Connecticut. Died, age 93, in a nursing home, Ocean Ridge, Florida, December 1988. New Yorker work: 1927 – 1940. His New York Times (Dec. 16, 1988) obit reads, in part: Shellhase “briefly attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The Art Students League in New York. His affectionate and gently comic illustrations of American life appeared in publications like The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, The New Yorker and The New York Times.”
Barbara Shermund (self portrait, above) Born, San Francisco. 1899. Studied at The California School of Fine Arts. Died, 1978, New Jersey. New Yorker work: June 13, 1925 thru September 16, 1944. 8 covers and 599 cartoons. Shermund’s post-New Yorker work was featured in Esquire. (See Liza Donnelly’s book, Funny Ladies — a history of The New Yorker’s women cartoonists — for more on Shermund’s life and work)
Vahan Shirvanian Born, Hackensack, New Jersey, 1925. Died, January 30, 2013, Mtn. Lakes, New Jersey. Won the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Gag Cartoonist of the Year Award in 1959. King Features Syndicate ran his “No Comment” in the 1970s & 80s. Worked for numerous publications, including Highlights for Children, The Harvard Business Review, and Playboy. New Yorker work: 44 drawings, from April 27, 1968 – Jan 12, 1987.
E. L. Shoemaker New Yorker work: one drawing, October 28, 1933
Zoe Si New Yorker work: February 17, 2020 –. Website.
Dink Siegel New Yorker work: March 24, 1962
L.H. Siggs New Yorker work: 1947, 1952
R. Sikoryak New Yorker work: Jan 24, 1994 –. One cartoon, Feb 22, 1999. Seven covers.
Andy Singer New Yorker work: March 9, 2020 –. Website
David Sipress New Yorker work: July 1998 –.
Sammi Skolmoski with Sophie Lucido Johnson: New Yorker work — June 1, 2020
Barbara Smaller Born, Chicago, Ill. New Yorker work: 1996 –
Francis Smilby (above) Born Francis Wilford-Smith, Rugby, England, March, 1927. Died, Ledbury, Hertfordshire, December 4, 2009 New Yorker work: 1962 -1971
Claude Smith (photo above from Think Small, a cartoon collection published by Volkswagon) Born August 22, 193, Bellingham, Washington. NYer work: May 20, 1944 – April 19, 1976
F.E. Smith NYer work: one drawing, August 1, 1936
Francis Smith NYer work: thirteen drawings, from March 3, 1962 through January 9, 1971
Henry Holmes Smith Born 1909 ; died, 1986. NYer work: three drawings, August 25, 1928, November 10, 1928, January 18, 1930. Mr. Smith was also a writer and lecturer, who, according to The Cleveland Museum of Art, “expanded the study and critical debate of photography as art.”
J.K. Smith NYer work: one drawing, October 12, 1929
Ton Smits Born, February 18, 1921. Died, August 5, 1981. New Yorker work: 1954 -1980. Wikipedia entry here.
Karen Sneider New Yorker work: February 23, 2009 – .
David Snell NYer work: one drawing, August 16, 1952
Otto Soglow Born, Yorkville, NY, December 23, 1900. Died in NYC, April 1975. New Yorker work: 1925 -1974.Key collections: Pretty Pictures ( Farrar & Rinehart, 1931) and for fans of Soglow’s Little King; The Little King (Farrar & Rinehart, 1933) and The Little King ( John Martin’s House, Inc., 1945). The latter Little King is an illustrated storybook. Cartoon Monarch / Otto Soglow & The Little King (IDW, 2012) is an excellent compendium.
Ali Soloman New Yorker work: November 26, 2018 –.
Bishakh Som New Yorker work: March 19, 2018 –.
Aaron Sopher (Portrait above by Jacob Glushakow) Born, East Baltimore, Maryland, December 16, 1905. Died, 1972, in Baltimore. New Yorker work: two drawings, June 15, 1929 & December 6, 1930. More information.
Edward Sorel (self-portrait above from a strip appearing in The Nation following the death of Marlene Dietrich. Drawing used by permission of Mr. Sorel). Born 1929. New Yorker work: 1990 – . All of Mr. Sorel’s books are of great interest; Unauthorized Portraits (Alfred A. Knopf, 1997) is particularly essential. Website: http://www.edwardsorel.com
Leo Soretsky NYer work: one drawing, August 20, 1932
Rich Sparks (above) Born, Columbus, Ohio. New Yorker work: April 11, 2016 –. Website: www.richsparksillustration.com/
Trevor Spaulding (photo above, and bio courtesy of Mr. Spaulding) A cartoonist, writer, and artist based in Los Angeles, CA. NYer work: April 28, 2014 –. Website: www.trevorspaulding.com/
Art Spiegelman Born 1948. New Yorker work: 1992 –. Key book: Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Pantheon, 1986).
Mark Alan Stamaty (above) New Yorker work: November 9, 1992 —
John Stanley (above) Born March 22, 1914; died, November 11, 1993. New Yorker work: one eight panel captionless drawing, March 15, 1947.
Leslie Starke (photo above from his collection, The Starke Parade) Born, Scotland, 1905. New Yorker work: 1947 -1977. Key collection: Starke Parade (Doubleday & Co., 1959).
Kemp Starrett New Yorker work: 1929 -1944. Profile here on Stripper’s Guide
Edward Steed (photo and self portrait above) Born in the town, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, 1987. New Yorker work: March 4, 2013 -.
Henry Anton Steig (above) born, New York City, 1906. Died, 1973. New Yorker work: October 22, 1932 – May 10, 1941
William Steig (photo above) Born in Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 14, 1907, died in Boston, Mass., Oct. 3, 2003. In a New Yorker career that lasted well over half a century and a publishing history that contains more than a cart load of books, both children’s and otherwise, it’s impossible to sum up Steig’s influence here on Ink Spill. He was among the giants of the New Yorker cartoon world, along with James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, Charles Addams, Helen Hokinson and Peter Arno. Lee Lorenz’s World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998) is an excellent way to begin exploring Steig’s life and work. NYer work: 1930 -2003.
Avi Steinberg (above) New Yorker work: December 17, 2012 –.
Saul Steinberg Born, June 15, 1914, Ramnic-Sarat, Rumania. Died in 1999. New Yorker work: 1941 – (The New Yorker publishes his work posthumously). Steinberg is one of the giants of The New Yorker. Go here to visit the saulsteinbergfoundation where you’ll find much essential information and examples of his work.
Peter Steiner (above). Born, Cincinnati, 1940. New Yorker work: July 9, 1979 – . Collection: “I Didn’t Bite the Man, I Bit the Office” ( 1994). Mr. Steiner is responsible for one of the most famous (and most republished) New Yorker cartoons in modern times, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (published July 5, 1993). An indication of its enduring popularity in our culture: a wikipedia page is devoted to it. He has also had novels published, as well as the limited edition “An Atheist in Heaven.” Key cartoon collection: I Didn’t Bite The Man. I Bit The Office. Washington Times, 1994. Website: www.plsteiner.com/
Hans Stengel Born, Germany, 1894; Died, January 1928, suicide, 134 West 4th St., New York City. According to the January 29, 1928 New York Times story about his death, he was a “widely known artist” who was at one time the principal cartoonist for the Sunday Herald Tribune. New Yorker work: April 11, 1925 — February 12, 1927.
Mick Stevens Born March 11, 1942, Portland, Oregon. New Yorker work: December 17, 1979- . Key collections: If Ducks Carried Guns (Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1988), A Mystery, Wrapped in an Enigma, Served on a Bed of Lettuce ( Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1989 ), Things Not to Do Today ( Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 1989 ). Website: http://www.mickstevens.com
James Stevenson Born, NYC, 1929. Died, February 17, 2017, Cos Cob, Connecticut. New Yorker work: March 10, 1956 -. Stevenson interned as an office boy at The New Yorker in the mid 1940s when he began supplying ideas for other New Yorker artists. Nine years later he was hired a full-time ideaman, given an office at the magazine and instructed not to tell anyone what he did. He eventually began publishing his own cartoons and covers as well as a ground-breaking Talk of the Town pieces (ground breaking in that the pieces were illustrated). His contributions to the magazine number over 2000. Key collections: Sorry Lady — This Beach is Private! ( MacMillan, 1963), Let’s Boogie ( Dodd, Mead, 1978). Stevenson was a children’s book author, with roughly one hundred titles to his credit. He was a frequent contributor to the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, under the heading Lost and Found New York. Stevenson’s The Life, Loves and Laughs of Frank Modell, published in 2013, is essential reading. Sally Williams’ 2019 documentary film, Stevenson Lost & Found is essential viewing.
Jack Stockwell New Yorker work: one drawing, December 5, 1953
Storm New Yorker work: one drawing, August 21, 1926
Susanne Suba Born Budapest, Hungary 1913. Died February, 2012, NYC. Ms. Suba contributed numerous “spot” drawings to The New Yorker, as well as five covers and one cartoon, published September 18, 1948. Her first cover appeared October 21, 1939, and her last, March 2, 1963. Besides her work for the magazine she was a prolific illustrator of children’s books. A collection of her spot drawings was published in 1944, Spots By Suba: From The New Yorker (E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc, NY).
Ed Suggs New Yorker work: two drawings, May 9, 1931 & December 5, 1931
Julia Suits (above) New Yorker work: 2006 – .
Surreal McCoy, The (aka T.S. McCoy) (the artist sent the Spill the above “photo of myself”) New Yorker work: August 15, 2014 –. Website: http://www.thesurrealmccoy.com/
Ward Sutton (Photo above by Liza Donnelly) Born, Edina, Minnesota. New Yorker work: October 22, 2007 – .Website:http://www.suttonimpactstudio.com/
Anthony Taber born September 8, 1944, New York City. New Yorker work: September 7, 1963 – November 11, 1991
Richard Taylor (self portrait from Meet the Artist) Born in Fort William, Ontario, Sept. 18, 1902. Died in 1970. NYer work: 1935 -1967. Collections: The Better Taylors ( Random House, 1944, and a reprint edition by World Publishing, 1945), Richard Taylor’s Wrong Bag (Simon & Schuster, 1961). Taylor also authored Introduction to Cartooning ( Watson -Guptill, 1947). From Taylor’s introduction: the “book is not intended to be a ‘course in cartooning’…instead, it attempts to outline a plan of study — something to be kept at the elbow to steer by.”
Eric Teitelbaum New Yorker work: August 1, 1988 – April 6, 1998
Raymond Thayer New Yorker work: 4 drawings, July 3, 1926 – September 17, 1932.
Adam Douglas Thompson New Yorker work: April 8, 2019 –. His website.
Mark Thompson New Yorker work: June 28, 2010 –.
C. Throckmorton NewYorker work: one drawing, July 26, 1930
James Thurber Born, Columbus, Ohio, December 8, 1894. Died 1961, New York City. New Yorker work: 1927 -1961, with several pieces run posthumously. According to the New Yorker’s legendary editor, William Shawn, “In the early days, a small company of writers, artists, and editors — E.B. White, James Thurber, Peter Arno, and Katharine White among them — did more to make the magazine what it is than can be measured.”
Key cartoon collection: The Seal in the Bedroom and Other Predicaments (Harper & Bros., 1932). Key anthology (writings & drawings): The Thurber Carnival (Harper & Row, 1945). There have been a number of Thurber biographies. Burton Bernstein’s Thurber (Dodd, Mead, 1975) and Harrison Kinney’s James Thurber: His Life and Times (Henry Holt & Co., 1995) are essential. A short bio appears on the Thurber House website: http://www.thurberhouse.org/about-james-thurber/
Tidden NYer work: one drawing, August 21, 1926
Jack Tippet Born Oct. 19, 1923, Texas. Died, October 14, 1994. New Yorker work: July 27, 1963 – May 20, 1972.
Barney Tobey (photo above from Think Small, a book of humor produced by Volkswagon) Born in New York City, July, 18, 1906, died March 27, 1989, New York. NYer work: 1929 -1986. Essential collection: B. Tobey of The New Yorker (Dodd Mead & Co., 1983)
Colin Tom New Yorker work: 2015 —
Tom Tomorrow (real name: Dan Perkins) NYer work: September 27, 1999 — Website: thismodernworld.com/
Tom Toro (self portrait above courtesy of Mr. Toro) Born in Richmond, California on May 22, 1982. Graduated valedictorian from El Cerrito High School and matriculated to Yale. Edited cartoons for The Yale Herald and won a national championship in lightweight rowing in 2002, elected captain of the rowing team in 2004. Earned a degree cum laude in art history specializing in cinema studies. Attended NYU Film School for two years, shooting shorts and features that went to Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes. Began submitting cartoons to The New Yorker in 2007, first got published in 2010 – after the 610th try. Also a writer of literary fiction, short stories, screenplays and children’s picture books of the “unpublished” variety. [bio courtesy of Mr. Toro] NYer work: May 24, 2010 – .
Tousey New Yorker work: one drawing, November 27, 1926
Irwin Touster New Yorker work: one drawing. July 6, 1946
M. Towle New Yorker work: one drawing, November 21, 1925
S. Trachtenberg New Yorker work: one drawing, September 11, 1954
W.P. Trent New Yorker work: forty-three drawings, from May 1, 1926 through April 19, 1941
Larry Trepel New Yorker work: September 30, 2013 –.
Charles Tudor New Yorker work: three drawings, July 20, 1929 / August 17, 1929 / December 7, 1929
Buford Tune ( photo above and all biographical info from Alex Jay’s excellent Stripper’s Guide piece. Born, Eastland County, Texas on August 26, 1906. Died, May 21, 1989, Santa Ana, California. New Yorker work: one drawing, October 10, 1936
Mike Twohy (above) Born, San Francisco Bay area, California. New Yorker work: July 21, 1980 – .
Ngozi Ukazu New Yorker work: October 5, 2020–.
Ed Umansky New Yorker work: one drawing, November 1, 1930
Eben A . Valentine New Yorker work: five drawings, from May 11, 1968 through January 1, 1979
Van Ass New Yorker work: two drawings, March 27, 1926 & July 24, 1926
R. Van Buren New Yorker work: 1928-1934
Hendrik W. van Loon (above) Born, January 14 1882. Died, March 11, 1942. New Yorker work:one drawing, May 14, 1932. More info here.
Bud Van Sickle New Yorker work: one drawing, June 18, 1966
M. Van Sort New Yorker work: one drawing, July 30, 1927
Victor Varnado New Yorker work: July 8, 2019 —
P.C.Vey (photo above by Michael Maslin, taken at The Museum of Comic and Caroon Art, NYC, 2008) NYer work: 1993 -.Website: www.pcvey.com/
Dean Vietor (above) Born, 1931. Died, August 20, 2007, Phoenix, Arizona. NYer work: March 11, 1967 through August 20, 2001. A link to the Ink Spill obit: https://michaelmaslin.com/
Eugenia Viti New Yorker work: June 10, 2019 –.
Millie Von Platten New Yorker work: September 24, 2020–.
William Von Riegen New Yorker work: 1937 -1975.
S. Wade New Yorker work: one drawing, October 21, 1939
T. Waldeyer New Yorker work: one drawing, February 12, 1927
Liam Walsh (above) Bio courtesy of Mr. Walsh: I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin with lots of siblings and a pet crow. I fell under the spell of comic books and newspaper comic strips early on and I vividly remember coming across a collection of Charles Addams cartoons at my grandparents’ house at about age 7 (I specifically remember being fascinated by, but not “getting”, the famous drawing of the phantom skier.) In high school I was on the school newspaper and was the recipient of a number of State awards for editorial cartoons and editorial writing. I studied journalism at the UW Milwaukee, traveled broadly, and had my first cartoon published in the July 4, 2011 issue of The New Yorker after about 2 years, cumulatively, of submitting.
Dearing Ward Mainly a poet and fiction writer who contributed one cartoon to The New Yorker ( issue of Nov 26, 1927). NYer work: Oct. 9, 1927 – Nov. 6, 1937
Eric Monroe Ward NYer work: one drawing, July 14, 1934
Chris Ware Born, December 28, 1967, Omaha, Nebraska. New Yorker work: 1999– . More info
Kim Warp Born, April 27, 1959, Seattle, Washington. NYer work: 1999 – .
Sofia Warren New Yorker work: November 27, 2017 — .
Alex Noel Watson (above) Born, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, on 2 December 1929Died, 2017. New Yorker work: seven drawings: August 29, 1970 – April 28, 1997.
Arthur Watts NYer work: 1 drawing, April 18, 1925
Steve Way NYer work: November 22, 1999 -.
Paul Webb Born September 20, 1902, Towanda, Pennsylvania. Died, March 17, 1985. Perhaps best known for his syndicated strip The Mountain Boys. See Christopher Wheeler’s site for scans of Webb’s collections and more on Webb:http://www.pbase.com/
. NYer work: 41 drawings, from May 21, 1927 through October 8, 1932.
Robert Weber (Pictured above, mid 1980s. Photograph by Liza Donnelly) Born April 22, 1924, Los Angeles, California. Died, October 20, 2016, Branford Connecticut. NYer work: nearly 1500 cartoons, and close to a dozen covers since 1962. Read Ink Spill’s November 2016 Apreciation of Mr. Weber here.
Josh Wertz/Julia Wertz Credited Co-authors of one drawing: August 3, 2015
Christopher Weyant NYer work: 1998 – .
Shannon Wheeler NYer work: May 4, 2009 – . Key collection: I Thought You Would Be Funnier ( BOOM! Studios, 2010). Website: tmcm.com/
Sophia Wiedeman New Yorker work: October 16, 2017 –.
Wiggins NYer work: one drawing, January 19, 1929
A.F. Wiles NYer work: 1 drawing, 1952
Fritz Wilkinson ( Self portrait above from Best Cartoons of the Year 1943) Born, California. New Yorker work: August 5, 1933 – February 17, 1940
Gilbert Wilkinson New Yorker work: eight drawings, April 4, 1925 — August 29, 1925
Garth Williams Born, New York City, April 16, 1912. Died at home, Guanajuato, Mexico, May 8, 1996. New Yorker work: seven drawings, December 12, 1943 – September 7, 1946. Among the many books Williams illustrated were E.B. White’s “Stuart Little” and “Charlotte’s Web.”
Gluyas Williams (above left undated; right:1 975) Born, San Francisco, 1888. Died, Boston, Mass., 1982. One of the pillars of Harold Ross’s stable of artists, and one of Ross’s favorite cartoonists. His beautiful full page drawings were a regular feature in the magazine. Mr. Williams illustrated a number of Robert Benchley’s collections, providing the cover art as well as illustrations. NYer work: March 13, 1926 – Aug 25, 1951. Key collections: The Gluyas Williams Book ( Doubleday, Doran & Co., 1929), The Gluyas Williams Gallery (Harper, 1956). Website: http://www.gluyaswilliams.com/
Herb Williams NYer work: one drawing, September 8, 1945
Roy Williams NYer er work: June 3, 1944 – August 19, 1950
Wilton Williams NYer work: one drawing, March 28, 1925
Gahan Wilson (photo above, by Michael Maslin, taken at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC, 2008) Born (“dead)”, Evanston, Illinois, February 13, 1930. Died, November 21, 2019, Scottsdale, Arizona. New Yorker work: 1976 – . Mr. Wilson’s website: http://www.gahanwilson.com/
George Wilson: NYer work: one drawing, November 29, 1930
Rowland B. Wilson Born, Dallas, Texas, August, 3, 1930; died, June 28, 2005, La Costa, California New Yorker work: 47 cartoons, from December 30, 1961 – June 1, 1981. Wikipedia page here.
Bernard Wiseman New Yorker work: April 19, 1947 – June 11. 1960. 197 Drawings.
Horace Wofford NYer work: one drawing, July 21, 1945
W. Wolfson NYer work: four drawings, from January 29, 1927 through March 24, 1928
Lawson Wood NYer work: one drawing, May 9, 1925
Paul Wood NYer work: one drawing, January 24, 2000
Bill Woodman Born October 30, 1939, Bangor, Maine. NYer work: November 10, 1975 – . Collection: Fish and Moose News ( Dodd, Mead, 1980). Website: http://www.billwoodmanart.com/Pages/About.html
Denys Wortman NYer work: 1929 -1937
G. Wright NYer work: three drawings, all in 1929.
Richard Yardley Born, Baltimore Maryland, March 11, 1903 ; Died 1979. NYer work: 1 drawing, February 10, 1934
Crawford Young NYer work: six drawings, from March 7, 1931 through December 3, 1932
Bertrand Zadig NYer work: one drawing, December 5, 1925; one cover, July 11, 1925
Roz Zanengo New Yorker work: October 23, 1978 – September 1, 1986.Preview attachment Jody Zellman.jpg
Jody Zellman Born and raised in Spokane, WA. Began cartooning for The Columbia Spectator while an undergraduate at Columbia University. Interned in The New Yorker’s cartoon department in 2010 where he made his first very unsuccessful cartoon submission. Studied illustration and cartooning in the School of Visual Arts’ continuing education program. Website: www.earthtoplanet.com New Yorker work: August 3 & 10, 2020 (a double issue) —
Jack Ziegler (photo above, by Michael Maslin, taken at The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, NYC, 2008) Born, Brooklyn, NY July 13, 1942. Died, March 29, 2017. New Yorker work: 1974 – 2017. Key collections: all of Ziegler’s collections are must-haves. Here’re some favorites: Hamburger Madness (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978), Filthy Little Things ( Doubleday/Dolphin, 1981) and The Essential Jack Ziegler, Complied and Edited by Lee Lorenz ( Workman, 2000). Link here for Ink Spill’s Jack Ziegler interview from late 2016.
The New Yorker Idea Writers A-Z
It occured to me recently that the folks who have contributed their work to The New Yorker primarily as writers for the artists (they’re often referred to as “gagwriters”) deserve their own category on Ink Spill. They should, in fact, have their very own A-Z. This list, making its debut in the summer of 2016, is very much a work in progress. To be clear about who makes this list: the person must primarily have made a career of submitting ideas for/to cartoonists. They can also have been cartoonists (or have had a separate career doing something else), but contributing ideas must weigh far greater than contributing their cartoons. Richard McCallister is the perfect example: he contributed eighty-nine cartoons to The New Yorker, but his ideas were published in the thousands. I’ll use myself as an example of someone who would not make the list. My cartoon contributions to the New Yorker outweigh the two ideas of mine drawn up by New Yorker cartoonists (one by Whitney Darrow, Jr., and one by Charles Addams). Biographical information to be added, and more Idea Writers added as I continue my education in the field.
Harald Bakken Born, Minneapolis. Died April 9, 1998, Massachusetts. Mr. Bakken contributed ideas to the likes of Chon Day and Mischa Richter, with whom he co-wrote a book, The Cartoonist’s Muse: A Guide to Generating and Developing Creative Ideas (Contemporary Books, 1992). According to his obit in The Boston Globe, Mr. Bakken was also an actor and playwright, as well as a professor at UMass. Speaking in October of 1995 to Joel Achenbach, a reporter for The Washington Post, Mr. Bakken had this to say: “…gimmicks help set up a joke by juxtaposing an exotic setting with a mundane sentiment. That’s sort of what humor is, a sudden and surprising clash of contexts.”
James Geraghty * (photo above, Geraghty in his office at The New Yorker, 25 West 43rd St., 1948. Used with permission of Sarah Geraghty Herndon). Born Spokane, Washington, 1904. died Venice, Florida, January, 1983. While not a cartoonist, Geraghty’s contribution to the art of the New Yorker was substantial. He contributed material to cartoonists before and during his association with The New Yorker, where he served as art editor from 1939 until 1973, when the title passed to Lee Lorenz. In Geraghty’s NYTs obit (Jan 20, 1983), William Shawn said: “Along with Harold Ross, who was the first editor of the magazine, Geraghty set the magazine’s comic art on its course and he helped determine the direction in which the comic art would go and is still going.”Mr. Geraghy’s contribution to the art of The New Yorker qualifies him to appear in both categories (The NYer Cartoonists A-Z, as well as The Idea Writers A-Z)
Richard McCallister Born 1909, Baltimore, Maryland. Died: 1995. NYer work: 89 cartoons, from 1939 through 1993. Called the “King of Gagwriters” Mr. McCallister supplied thousands of cartoon ideas to New Yorker artists. The list includes George Price and Peter Arno.
James Reid Parker Born Jersey City, New Jersey, June 2, 1909. Died, January, 1984, Hamden, Connecticut. From 1931 through 1959 he contributed fiction pieces to The New Yorker. Collections of his work include”Attorneys at Law” and ”Open House.” Mr. Parker makes the A-Z for his decades long professional association with Helen Hokinson as her idea writer. He wrote of her in The Hokinson Festival (a collection of her work published after her untimely death in a plane crash): “Helen herself was extremely good at thinking up subjects for the magazine covers she drew, but less so at devising situations with lines.”
Helene Parsons Ms. Parsons was the subject of an Ink Spill interview in July 2016, ” ‘Ideas For the Pictures’ : Gag Writer Helene Parsons Speaks” You can see it here. Ms. Parsons contributes ideas to such modern day New Yorker cartoonists as Kaamran Hafeez and Harry Bliss.
Daniel Asa Rose Mr. Rose is an acclaimed writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. His website: https://www.danielasarose.com/about
Herbert Valen Besides his efforts as an idea writer (for Peter Arno, among others), we cartooniacs should be forever grateful to Mr. Valen for editing Think Small, a collection of cartoons and humourous writing published by Volkswagon in 1967. The writing and drawings are dedicated to the iconic VW Beetle. Mr. Valen included a good number of The New Yorker’s top artists, including Charles Addams, Anatol Kovarsky, George Price, and William Steig– and just as wonderful: there are photographs of each artist. Mr. Valen’s photo from the book appears above, as does the book’s cover (drawing by Mr. Addams).