Sunday, May 14, 2017

William Von RIegen in College Humor, October 1937

Eighty years ago in College Humor, a cartoon by William Von Riegen depicted a young man facing his first paternity challenge. And people think this blogger doesn't know how to celebrate Mother's Day!

"But we only met last night!"
William Von Riegen, College Humor, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1937, page 37

May 20, 2017 Update: There is also an unsigned cartoon in the issue that possibly could be the work of Von Riegen:
"Gordon wouldn't think of my being without a maid."
William Von Riegen [?], College Humor, Volume 6, No. 2, October 1937, page 57

Note:  I had the privilege of photographing highlights of the October 1937 issue of College Humor, which proudly resides in the Steven Boss humor magazine collection at Columbia University. It's right there in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library—you can't miss it. Or, rather, you can miss it if you don't have the assistance of Karen Green, the Curator for Comics and Cartoons, who showed me the ropes of cartoon and humor research at Columbia.

This marks William Von Riegen's first appearance on this blog. He's somewhat obscure despite his New Yorker work, but he seems remarkably competent when it comes to gesture, facial expression, shading, and even clothing folds. Anyone with access to original drawings or further examples of his published work who would like to share them here, please send a note. My blog is your blog.

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