Friday, April 28, 2017

Modern Cartoonists Fight to Keep Pace with Changing Times, 1972

"Now [James Geraghty's] talking about retiring, but is holding off because nobody has been found to replace him."
The Washington Post news service
The Geneva Times, August 2, 1972

It was the end of an era. Of the many magazines which once published cartoons, the market by 1972 had shrunk somehow to the point of having only one major player: The New Yorker. The cartoon editor, James Geraghty, who had been hired in 1938, was getting set to retire. By 1973, Lee Lorenz would be named his successor. This was the big story in magazine cartooning forty-five years ago, and it sounds an awful lot like the story today. Once again it feels like the end of an era. As a publisher of single-panel cartoons, the New Yorker is even more isolated among magazines than it was in 1972. This time around, it is Bob Mankoff, Lorenz's successor, who is retiring as cartoon editor. Emma Allen is setting out to steward the next phase of this singular art form we call the New Yorker cartoon.

"Modern Cartoonists Fight to Keep Pace with Changing Times," The Washington Post news service
The Geneva Times, August 2, 1972, page 32

Scan courtesy of Michael Maslin

Note:  Thanks to Michael Maslin for providing this hard-to-find article. His blog Ink Spill reports on the world of New Yorker cartoonists.

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