Charlie Rice – Cartoon Collection

These illustrations were created by famous cartoonists and given to Charlie during his tenure at This Week Magazine where they hung on his office walls.

These were then given to me by my step mother in 2016. They were in old frames which I’ve kept and carefully restored with new backings and museum glass. The images were scanned carefully as to not damage any of the art as some of them are 70 plus years old. The works are self-portraits of the cartoonists.

Charlie’s office was known throughout the industry as Outer Mongolia. You’ll spot a few references to that in two of these images.

Click on a cartoon for a larger version.

Charles David Saxon – (November 13, 1920 – December 6, 1988) was an American cartoonist known for his work for The New Yorker.

Saxon was born Charles David Isaacson in Brooklyn. Both his parents were musicians, and his great-uncle had been court violinist to the British Queen Victoria. He played drums and worked in jazz bands while at Columbia University, which he entered at 15. He became editor of its humor magazine, Jester.

After earning his B.A. he worked at Dell Publishing as editor of the satire magazine Ballyhoo before serving as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying 40 missions over Germany. After the war he rejoined Dell, left to edit This Week for a year, and returned to edit Modern Screen. He also began drawing cartoons on weekends, selling them to The Saturday Evening Post. His first appearance in The New Yorker was a spot illustration in 1943; after becoming a full-time cartoonist in 1955, he joined their staff in 1956 and over more than 30 years drew 92 covers and more than 700 cartoons for the magazine.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Jeff Keate – Public records at Ancestry.com show that he resided in Florida, at various times, in Nokomis, Orlando and Venice. According to the Social Security Death Index, Keate passed away May 22, 1995. His last known residence was Nokomis.

(Source: Stripper’s Guide)

Charles Edward Allen – Born on June 23, 1921, in Americus, Georgia according to Who’s Who in American Art (1953).

More information can be found on Stripper’s Guide.

Ted Key – (August 25, 1912 – May 3, 2008), was an American cartoonist and writer. He is best known as the creator of the cartoon panel Hazel, which was later the basis for a television series of the same name, and also the creator of Peabody’s Improbable History.

Key’s most famous creation, the single-panel Hazel, about a wry and bossy household maid, came to Key in 1943 in a dream that he drew the next morning and sent to The Saturday Evening Post, where it was accepted and began running regularly.[1] He soon afterward gave the character a name and employment at the Baxter household. In 2008, the cartoonist’s son, Peter Key, said, “He picked the name Hazel out of the air, but there was an editor at The Post who had a sister named Hazel. She thought her brother came up with the name, and she didn’t speak to him for two years.”

The cartoon ran until the weekly magazine ceased publication in 1969. Hazel was then picked up for newspaper syndication by King Features Syndicate. With the increased output of six cartoons a week, Key hired veteran gag cartoonist Stan Fine to lend a hand.

Key later adapted his comic panel into the television show Hazel, starring Shirley Booth as the titular maid. It ran from 1961 to 1964 on NBC; for its final 1965 season, the show switched to CBS. Key continued to draw the strip until his retirement in 1993.King Features reprints panels in over 50 newspapers as of 2008.

Key’s other work in the comics field includes Diz and Liz, a two-page feature that ran in Jack and Jill magazine from 1961 to 1972, as well as creating the segment Peabody’s Improbable History for producer Jay Ward’s animated television series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.[6] Key also provided illustrations for the long-running “Positive Attitude” series of motivational pamphlets and posters, published biweekly by Economics Press Inc. from the 1960s to the 1980s.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Virgil Franklin Partch (October 17, 1916 – August 10, 1984)[1] was an American magazine gag cartoonist of the 1940s and 1950s, generally signing his work VIP. Additionally, he created the newspaper comic strips Big George and The Captain’s Gig. He published 19 books of illustrations and drew art for children’s books.

Despite being a gagwriter for The New Yorker, his own cartoons were rarely published there because, according to comics historian Bob Stewart, “New Yorker editor, Harold Ross, disliked VIP’s drawing style.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

New York Times Obituary – August 12, 1984

George W. Wolfe (January 19, 1911 – July 20, 1993) was an American cartoonist. His comic strips Pops (1962–1978) and Citizen George (early 1970s) were syndicated by the Al Smith Feature Service. Wolfe received the National Cartoonist Society Gag Cartoon Award for 1969, 1973, 1975, and 1976 for his work.

(Source: Wikipedia)

William Michael Wenzel – (January 22, 1918 – May 12, 1987)[1][2] was an American cartoonist best known as a widely published good girl artist for men’s magazines.

His bawdy cartoon spot illustrations were published over the course of several decades, from such publications as Judge in the 1940s to Sex to Sexty in the 1960s and 1970s, and particularly for the Humorama division of publisher Martin Goodman’s variously titled corporations.Wenzel’s work, which featured busty, big-eyed, yet innocently risque young women, was published in such magazines and digests as Gaze, Joker, Jest, Comedy, and Stare. Most captions were written by the artist himself. In 1967 Wenzel drew illustrations for the book Coffee, Tea or Me? that, according to the author Donald Bain, “contributed significantly to the book’s success.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Mischa Richter – (1910 – March 23, 2001) was an American cartoonist best known for his numerous cartoons published in The New Yorker over decades.

Richter was a contract cartoonist for The New Yorker, and he contributed cartoons to Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post and This Week.[1] He drew his Strictly Richter cartoon panel for King Features Syndicate. For PM and The New York Times, Richter drew political cartoons and spot illustrations. He also illustrated Bugs Baer’s humor column, “One Word Led to Another”, for King Features. Mischa Richter’s political cartoons were often featured in the Communist Party’s literary journal “New Masses” in the late 1930’s.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Rea Irvin – (August 26, 1881- May 28, 1972) was an American graphic artist. Although never formally credited as such, he served de facto as the first art editor of The New Yorker. He created the Eustace Tilley cover portrait and the New Yorker typeface. He first drew Tilley for the cover of the magazine’s first issue on February 21, 1925. Tilley appeared annually on the magazine’s cover every February until 1994. As one commentator has written, “a truly modern bon vivant, Irvin (1881–1972) was also a keen appreciator of the century of his birth. His high regard for both the careful artistry of the past and the gleam of the modern metropolis shines from the very first issue of the magazine.

(Source: Wikipedia)

New York Times Obituary – May 29, 1972

Syd Hoff – (September 4, 1912 – May 12, 2004) was a Jewish-American cartoonist and children’s book author, best known for his classic early reader Danny and the Dinosaur. His cartoons appeared in a multitude of genres, including advertising commissions for such companies as Eveready Batteries, Jell-O, OK Used Cars, S.O.S Pads, Rambler, Ralston Cereal, and more.

Hoff was born in Bronx, New York. While he was still at high school, Milt Gross, a popular 1930s cartoonist, told him at an assembly, “Kid, someday you’ll be a great cartoonist!” At 16, he enrolled at the National Academy of Design in New York City. At 18, he sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker, and eventually sold a total of 571 of them to the publication from 1931 to 1975. Hoff became known for his cartoons in The New Yorker depicting tenements and lower-middle class life in the city.

His cartoons have appeared in a variety of publications including the New Yorker, Esquire, and Look magazine. He was also the host of a television show Tales of Hoff, in which he drew and told stories.

Hoff wrote and illustrated over 60 volumes in the HarperCollins “I Can Read” series for beginning readers, most notably Sammy the Seal and the popular Danny and the Dinosaur (1958), which sold 10 million copies and has been translated into a dozen languages.

In 1976, Hoff edited and published Editorial and Political Cartooning: From Earlier Times to the Present, which contains over 700 examples of works from the world’s editorial and political cartoons.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Syd Hoff’s Website

Don Sheppard, TV story artist and director, who worked at Hanna-Barbera and many other cartoon studios, died February 21 in West Los Angeles. He was 91.

Sometimes credited as Don Shepard, he also worked for Kling Studios, La Brea Productions, Allied Film Artists, Disney, Warner Bros., UPA, Jack Kinney, Fine Arts Films, Pantomime and Marvel Productions over a career that lasted from 1955 until 1990, when he was a storyboard artist for H-B’s Jetsons: The Movie.

For Format Films, he was a layout artist on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Chaser On The Rocks and Highway Runnery (both 1965); Out And Out Rout, Shot And Bothered, Clippety Clobbered and The Solid Tin Coyote (all 1966); and The Spy Swatter, The Music Mice-Tro and Quacker Tracker (all 1967).

Sheppard was a storyboard director for the TV series Partridge Family 2200 AD (1974), The New Tom & Jerry Show (1975), Clue Club and The Mumbly Cartoon Show (both 1976), The Great Grape Ape Show (1977), Muppet Babies (1984) and G.I. Joe (1985), as well as the 1983 mini-series G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and the Marvel specials My Little Pony (1984) and My Little Pony: Escape From Catrina (1985).

He was a storyboard artist for Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-83), Dungeons & Dragons (1983), Transformers (1984), Tom and Jerry Kids Show (1991) and Droopy: Master Detective (1993).

In addition, Sheppard was a story director for Inch High, Private Eye and The Addams Family (both 1973), Skatebirds (1977), Scooby’s All-Stars and Challenge of the SuperFriends (both 1978), Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo and The World’s Greatest SuperFriends (both 1979), and Richie Rich and Drak Pack (both 1980), along with the 1979 TV special Scooby-Doo Goes Hollywood and Casper’s Halloween Special, also a 1979 H-B release. He was the story director of Ruby-Spears’ Bunnicula, The Vampire Rabbit, which aired as an ABC Weekend Special in 1982.

He was a layout artist for episodes of The Dick Tracy Show and The Yogi Bear Show (both 1961), Super President (1967), The Adventures of Gulliver (1968), Here Comes the Grump and Skyhawks (both 1969), Harlem Globe Trotters (1970), The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show (1971) and The Flintstones Comedy Hour (1972).

(Source – Animesuperhero.com)