Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Larry’s Cartoon Vault: Things Don’t Change Much Pt. 4

Caption: “Russia had already suffered severe reverses, and it seemed as if she had created  a monster that would eventually destroy her .”
From Cartoons Magazine, January 1915

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

Susan Stern’s fine documentary about iconic underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez is available to stream on Prime. It’s well worth the look.

Some of Spain’s work:

Spain’s work printed on tortillas by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy.

Here’s the link to the documentary:

Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Larry’s Cartoon Vault:Things Don’t Change Much Pt.3

Editorial cartoon by the great Rollin Kirby from 1925.  A time when teaching subjects such as human evolution could be quite difficult in states such as Tennessee.  (See The State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes).

Last year a Tennessee school district voted to remove Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize winning graphic novel. Maus, from its curriculum. The board stated that the book contained objectionable language and disturbing images.

Spiegelman commented at the time that he got the impression the school board was asking “Why can’t they teach a nicer holocaust?”

Here’s Kirby’s cartoon and news clippings from 1925:

From Highlights: A Cartoon History of the Nineteen Twenties by Rollin Kirby, 1931

Friday, November 4, 2022

Larry’s Cartoon Vault: Things Don’t Change Much Pt. 2

Another clipping. This one from the September 18, 1919 edition of the humor magazine Life. The drawing is by Walter De Maris (1877-1947). De Maris drew cartoons for Puck, Judge and Life and later in life painted covers for pulp magazine such as Detective Fiction Weekly.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Larry’s Cartoon Vault: Things Don’t Change Much

A clipping from May 8, 1916. The cartoonist is Richard K. Culver. Culver worked for the daily newspapers the San Francisco Call, the L.A. Herald, Baltimore American and L.A. Express and freelanced to humor magazines Puck, Judge and Life. This cartoon was probably drawn for the L.A. Express.