Thursday, August 24, 2017

At Sea Without Peter Arno

In the comments section of yesterday's post, cartoonist Paul Merlein raised the question of the authenticity of a purported Peter Arno cartoon original with a listing concluding today on eBay. He wrote:

Speaking of Ebay... Have you seen this? 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Signed-Original-Peter-Arno-Cartoon-Illustration-for-The-New-Yorker-Magazine-NoRe-/401386251681?hash=item5d747c25a1 
Is this really an original drawing by Peter Arno? I see the signature, but the style suggests it is drawn by someone other than Mr. Arno.  
Am I the only skeptic here?

I replied:

No, you aren't. There is no way this eBay listing shows a work by Peter Arno or any sort of New Yorker cartoon.

I was going to leave it at that. Surely no one could mistake the eBay cartoon for the work of Peter Arno, whatever the signature. No one could really think a color cartoon from this era could have appeared in the New Yorker. Then the bidding jumped from $46 to $112.50. Perhaps I should say something...

The cartoon art on eBay is a color cartoon that was evidently published in a men's magazine. The original artwork in question shows a boat enthusiast with a young, overdeveloped woman visiting on board his sailboat. He has surreptitiously cut loose the rowboat and pretends to be alarmed. "Oh, dear!! The dinghy's loose and you can't swim!!" The implication, I suppose, is that she has no choice but to remain stranded on the sailboat with him. Is this coercive scheme meant to pass for clever?

"Oh, dear!! The dinghy's loose and you can't swim!!"
Artist unknown, publication unknown

Now let's look at a real Peter Arno cartoon, one with a similar maritime theme, that was published in the New Yorker in 1951. Now I always thought Westover was the name of the savvy boater with the mustache, but apparently it is an elite girls' school. The "know-how," it seems, can run either way.


"You've got to hand it to Westover when it comes to plain know-how."
Peter Arno, The New Yorker, June 23, 1951, page 27

 The rest of the eBay auction, if you need to see it:
The spurious signature has been added to an apparently unsigned drawing.

Detail of couple

Detail of dinghy

Caption


"Peter Arno"
eBay Listing as of August 23, 2017


"Peter Arno"
eBay Item Description
eBay Bid History
18 hours 52 minutes remaining


Note:  I'd love to hear from anyone with details of where this cartoon was published and who created it.

The Peter Arno cartoon is mentioned in Laurie Lisle's book Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2009) here.

Here's the last time I wrote about artwork bearing a fake Peter Arno signature.


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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mischa Richter: A Conservative Fix

Is ordering a drink a political act? Original New Yorker art by Mischa Richter from 1987 attempts to get to the bottom of it all.

"Fix me something that reflects traditional values."
Mischa Richter original art
The New Yorker, May 4, 1987, page 31



Mischa Richter
eBay Listing as of February 20, 2017

Mischa Richter
eBay Item Description



"Fix me something that reflects traditional values."
Mischa Richter original art
The New Yorker, May 4, 1987, page 31
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

My Entries in the Moment Cartoon Caption Contest for July/August 2017

The bimonthly Moment magazine cartoon caption contest offers the chance to try one's hand at Jewish humor. There is no limit to the number of entries. I submitted four in the July/August 2017 contest, of which I like the third one best, then the fourth. The drawing is by Benjamin Schwartz.

"When did we become beta testers?"
"I thought this would be more hands-on."
"You and your cutting edge technology!"
"Must we always be the first?"



Glossary:  A mohel is a Jewish practitioner of ritual circumcision.


Note:  Benjamin Schwartz is our go-to guy for caption contests and medical humor, whatever that is.

If you've got time on your hands stranded on a desert island with a good wi-fi signal, you may want to take a look at all the cartoon caption contests I ever entered. Really, you should have brought along a book. More to the points, I now have documented four years' worth of Moment Magazine cartoon caption contests. Go ahead, take a look.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

My Entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #580

Lie back and enjoy my entry in The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #580 for August 21, 2017. The drawing is by Frank Cotham.

"He distinctly gave me forty winks, not forty lashes!"


These caption entries didn't merit the king's pleasure:
"I, for one, see no need for regime change."
"What's so bad about having an absentee ruler?"



Note: Last week cartoonist Carolita Johnson gave a cat the royal treatment. My caption went to the dogs. See why Contest #579 is the cat's meow.

Review my previous work on Frank Cotham and sleep on it.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Mischa Richter: Bathing Buddies

A cartoon by Mischa Richter presumably from the era of the second World War comes to us without its publication history and with only an incomplete caption. "How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a...?" A what?The original punch line is obliterated with white out. Whatever implement of modern warfare Wilkins left in the wash basin, the gag most likely wasn't overly crude.


"How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a [...?]"
Mischa Richter, original cartoon art

Verso

Mischa Richter
eBay Listing Ended February 19, 2017

Mischa Richter
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Just one bid



"How many times, Wilkins, must I ask you not to leave a [...?]"
Mischa Richter, original cartoon art


Note:  If any reader can place this cartoon in a publication and provide the complete caption, I know military historians will be forever grateful. And maybe Wilkins can stop feeling so guilty about whatever he carelessly left lying about.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Rewarding License Plate

Here's a license plate for those who appreciate the value of hard work.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mischa Richter: On Being Oneself

Be yourself? Original New Yorker art from 1995 has Mischa Richter commenting on the sort of man who gets pragmatic about individualism.

"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60


Mischa Richter
eBay Listing Ended January 19, 2017

Mischa Richter
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
Four bids in the final twelve seconds decide it all.



"I tried being myself, but it wasn't getting me anywhere."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, July 24, 1995, page 60
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mischa Richter: The Unforgiven

An original 1990 New Yorker cartoon by Mischa Richter brilliantly conflates the political and the personal. Note too the body language: how the husband leans forward in a bid for the marriage counsellor's attention and empathy while the wife and the counsellor demonstrate their respective personal and professional emotional detachment.

"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


Mischa Richter
eBay Listing Ended November 28, 2016

Mischa Richter
eBay Item Description

eBay Bid History
The bidding jumps by over $100 in the very last minute.



"She can forgive Nixon, but she can't forgive me."
Mischa Richter, original art
The New Yorker, October 1, 1990, page 33


Cartoons by William Hamilton and Mischa Richter



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