And, remembering another Amazing cartoonist/Author on his birthday, also today, Gahan Wilson, February 18, 1930 – November 21, 2019, yep!
If the name isn't familiar, you will most assuredly recognize his work. Wilson "whose outlandish, often ghoulish cartoons added a bizarrely humorous touch to The New Yorker, Playboy, National Lampoon and numerous other publications in the era when magazines propelled the cultural conversation" discusses his break into the business, ”My big break came when the cartoon editor for Colliers – who, like everybody else, thought the readers wouldn’t understand the cartoons I did – left to become the cartoon editor of Look. In the interim, the art director took over. Not being a trained cartoon editor, he did not realize my stuff was too much for the common man to comprehend, and he thought it was funny. I was flabbergasted and delighted when he started to buy it! He wasn’t in all that long, about a month and a half, but by that time my cartoons had started to appear. The guy who had gone to Look saw them in Colliers, and I guess a great dawning occurred, so he started buying them for Look, and that was it – I was now a big-time cartoonist! Absolutely foolish, but that’s the way it happened. That was the chink in the armor, and I just got through it." -NY times & Gahan Wilsons website. A very cool guy and an incredible Cartoonist!
Gahan Wilson in his home studio at Sag Harbor, NY. You can see more portraits from the project here:
Art © Gahan Wilson