Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The New Yorker covers: February 23 & March 2, 2015

Over the years, there have been many magazines whose covers have featured the work of highly talented artists and illustrators. But probably no magazine has had more varied and memorable covers, over a longer period of time, than The New Yorkerwhich was founded in 1925.

Lorenzo Mattotti
9 for 90: 9 covers to commemorate The New Yorker's 90th anniversary

The (old) Down East covers: March 1985

Ever since its founding in 1954, Down East has billed itself as “the magazine of Maine.” There are other Maine-centered mags, but Down East remains the most prominent of the bunch. Nowadays, the Rockport-based monthly features glossy, memorable cover photos, but there's a lot to be said for the charming, old-timey look of covers from the publication’s early decades.

John Bisignano, "Whispering Cottages"

Movie Posters, 1994: Two adults, please, and a large popcorn!


"What is art but a way of seeing?" Saul Bellow

"Landscape with Yellow Birds," 1923, Paul Klee

Today in the history of the American comic strip: April 24


American cartoonists and writers may not have invented the comic strip, but some argue that the comics, as we know them today, are an American creation. Clearly, the United States has played an outsize role in the development of this underappreciated art form.

4.24.1899: Allen Saunders, who wrote Steve Roper and Mike Nomad, Mary Worth, and Kerry Drake, is born in Lebanon, Indiana.

4.24.1912: George Wunder, who drew Terry and the Pirates for more than two decades, is born in New York City.


4.24.1930: Howie Schneider is born in New York City. He created Eek & Meek, which ran from 1965 to 2000. 

4.24.1939: George Clark unveils The Neighbors, a gag-a-day comic. A Sunday feature bearing a different title was dropped in 1948, but the daily cartoon survived until 1976.

4.24.2013:
Gasoline Alley’s Walt Wallet visits the “Comics Retirement Home” in the first of several strips that show him palling around with characters from defunct comics.
 
Gasoline Alley

Most of the information listed here from one day to the next comes from two online sites -- Wikipedia, and Don Markstein's Toonopedia -- as well as 100 Years of American Newspaper Comics, edited by Maurice Horn. Note that my focus is on American newspaper comic strips (and the occasional foreign strip that gained popularity in the United States). Thus, comic books and exclusively online comics are not included here.

The birth of an artist: April 24

 

Willem de Kooning
April 24, 1904

 Evaline Ness
April 24, 1911

Bridget Riley
April 24, 1931

Lyubov Popova
April 24, 1889

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The New Yorker covers: February 14 & 21, 2005

Over the years, there have been many magazines whose covers have featured the work of highly talented artists and illustrators. But probably no magazine has had more varied and memorable covers, over a longer period of time, than The New Yorkerwhich was founded in 1925.

Chris Ware
"A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings"

The (old) Down East covers: July 1975

Ever since its founding in 1954, Down East has billed itself as “the magazine of Maine.” There are other Maine-centered mags, but Down East remains the most prominent of the bunch. Nowadays, the Rockport-based monthly features glossy, memorable cover photos, but there's a lot to be said for the charming, old-timey look of covers from the publication’s early decades.

Scott Anthony, "Old House on Vinalhaven"