The Tilley Watch: 50 Years Ago This Week In The New Yorker; Reminder! A Zoom Event Tomorrow Night…Cartoon Marriage: A Conversation With Two New Yorker Cartoonists; Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Note to Readers: Ink Spill was down nearly all of yesterday due to who knows what (that’s as technical as I get).  Sorry about that.

The Monday Tilley Watch is off this week as we’re in the second week of a double issue (August 3 & 10, 2020).  Just for fun I thought I’d take a quick look at the issue out 50 years ago (dated August 8, 1970).  The cover — and a fab cover it is! — was by C.E.M. (Charles E. Martin)

Here’s the Table of Contents:

Thirteen cartoonists, and fourteen cartoons (Warren Miller had two in the issue). Of the thirteen, you’ll notice two names still contributing fifty years later (50!): George Booth, and Edward Koren. They happen to appear opposite each other. Beautiful work, perfectly placed on the page.

Just a few other observations: the Charles Addams drawing in the issue is in his experimental style of that time, a thinner line (pen), less wash.  As Addams told Dick Cavett in March of 1978: “I did that for awhile in the mistaken idea that it was an improvement.”

And here’s Ed Frascino’s drawing —  certainly in the running for a spot in the top ten longest New Yorker cartoon captions:

Here’s the caption in readable size:

Finally, the Chon Day drawing seems as if it could run today:


Reminder! Tomorrow Night…A Zoom Event: Cartoon Marriage: Two New Yorker Cartoonists In Conversation

As part of their month long series of Virtual Programs tied in to the Liza Donnelly exhibit at The Norman Rockwell Museum, Ms. Donnelly and yours truly will be “In Conversation” at 5:30 Tuesday evening. You can watch live on the Norman Rockwell Museum YouTube channel.


Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon

Brendan Loper on who’s behind Trump. Mr. Loper has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2016.




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