Friday, July 26, 2019

The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker: Five Signed Prints

After The Complete Cartoons of the New Yorker was published in 2004, an enterprising collector printed at least six cartoons apparently from the accompanying CD-ROM and went about obtaining signatures of the five corresponding cartoonists: J. B. Handelsman, Henry Martin, Leo Cullum, Edward Koren, and Jack Ziegler. Koren and Ziegler signed and inscribed these prints; Handelsman and Cullum signed them and added sketches. Martin provided an original drawing on a separate printed sheet of stationery; he did not sign either of two prints. This may indicate that all the signatures were obtained by mail, possibly through the New Yorker's office.

The Koren print gives us an approximate date for all of these: 9/27/2005. It also gives us the recipient's name, William Dutcher. Martin's card is made out to a Timmy, but it is Dutcher's name that corresponds to the eBay seller dutc.will. His eBay biography indicates that he was editor and publisher of something called the Jasoomian in the 1970s.



Dutcher joined eBay on March 11, 2015 but today is no longer a registered user. In May of 2015, he put these prints up for sale on eBay. Interesting curiosities, they sold for a few dollars each.
J. B. Handelsman

Henry Martin


Leo Cullum


Edward Koren


Jack Ziegler

J. B. Handelsman
eBay Listing Ended May 16, 2015
































Another eBay seller purchased three of these signed pieces—the Martin, Ziegler, and Cullum—and relisted them with about a tenfold markup or sometimes more. He took new and better photos but retained the misspelling of Leo Cullum's name. I subsequently lost track of these, but today the Martin remains available on eBay at a discounted price.

Henry Martin


Henry Martin


Henry Martin


Henry Martin


Jack Ziegler


Jack Ziegler


Leo Cullum


Leo Cullum






Quick Links to the Attempted Bloggery Archives:


Leo Cullum


J. B. Handelsman

Edward Koren

Henry Martin

Jack Ziegler


Attempted Bloggery's Name-Dropping Index


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