Wednesday’s Spill: Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…And Yesterday’s; Two New (Old) Additions To The Spill’s Cartoon Library

Today’s Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon…And Yesterday’s

Julia Suits on turning the page.  Ms. Suits began contributing to The New Yorker in 2006.

Yesterday’s Daily cartoonist was Sara Lautman. Ms. Lautman began contributing to the magazine in 2016.



Two New (Old) Additions To The Spill’s Cartoon Library

Just arrived here at Spill headquarters: two books from the 1940s (Madam Chairman, Members and Guests, from 1942, and I Feel Like A Cad, from 1944. I was curious about the Hokinson illustrated book because the title suggested the possibility of a book full of Hokinson drawings (Ms. Hokinson specialized in and became famous for her club lady drawings). Sadly, there are only six, all of them reprinted from The New Yorker. Still, a beautiful cover, and a good addition to the Hokinson illustrated book collection.

Here’s Ms. Hokinson’s entry on the Spill‘s A-Z:

Helen Hokinson (above) Born, Illinois,1893; died, Washington, D.C., 1949. New Yorker work: 1925 -1949, with some work published posthumously. All of Hokinson’s collections are wonderful, but here are two favorites. Her first collection: So You’re Going To Buy A Book! (Minton, Balch & Co, 1931) and what was billed as “the final Hokinson collection”: The Hokinson Festival (Dutton & Co., 1956). According to a New Yorker document produced during Harold Ross’s editorship (1925-1951) rating their artists, Ms. Hokinson and Peter Arno occupied a special category unto themselves above all others.


The other book was acquired because I’d never seen a collection of cartoons* by (Sgt.) Larry Reynolds, a three time contributor to The New Yorker.  All three of his New Yorker drawings were published before this book came out (and do not appear here). I Feel Like A Cad consists of cartoons about Reynold’s bumbling burglaring cartoon character, Butch, whose exploits, at the time of the book’s publication, had appeared in Colliers Weekly for eight years.

The photo of Mr. Reynolds from the back of his book.

And a self-portrait of Mr. Reynolds that appeared, along with a jokey biography, in the anthology  Collier Collects Its Wits, published in 1941.

For a whole lot more on Mr. Reynolds, visit Allan Holtz’s Strippers Guide.

*Mr. Holtz mentions a book published in 1941, Lines Of Least Resistance:  “collected Reynolds’s cartoons from Collier’s, the Saturday Evening Post, the New Yorker and Elks Magazine.”

It’s apparently a book of poems by the author Laurence McKinney, with Reynolds drawings included as illustrations.


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