Friday, September 14, 2018

Lou Myers for Air Afrique

In 1968, an advertisement for Air Afrique, a division of Air France, appeared in several issues of the New Yorker. The ad encourages travel to the continent with the words "Africa. It's wild." The wildlife in the illustration is an ostrich with it's head buried in the ground—and popping back out. The cartoon is signed L. M. and is in the very bold and distinctive style of Lou Myers.

Lou Myers
Africa. It's Wild.
The New Yorker,
 May 25, 1968, page 135

The following year there appeared another ad, also in several issues, this one with a cartoon of a zebra, the large type stating "Air Afrique. It's the zebra's stripes." The animal features a collage element with the airline's logo. There are no initials on the drawing making attribution difficult.
[Artist Unknown]
Air Afrique. It's the zebra's stripes.
The New Yorker,
 November 15, 1969, page 132

Note:  Is there more? Let me know if other New Yorker cartoonists contributed to this campaign. Feel free to chime in on who may have drawn the zebra. Myers? Modell? An anonymous art director?

I'm always looking for scans or photos of original art by Lou Myers or rare published work.

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