Saturday, September 6, 2008
I have a couple of issues of CARTOON HUMOR, a magazine published in the 1940s and 1950s, printing cartoons--mostly sexist--in a full-page format. The cartoonists in this 1948 issue are good cartoonists, especially adept at drawing sexy women, but I suspect CARTOON HUMOR was not the first place these artists went to sell their work. The jokes seem a little shopworn, the artwork a little rushed in spots, but like several magazines of the era it was aimed at a young male audience, probably servicemen, and sophistication was for the NEW YORKER, not them.
There seem to be a lot of younger females paired up with older gentlemen with white mustaches in these cartoons. The stereotype of a sugar daddy?
Of the three artists chosen for these examples, I think Louis Priscilla is the best at the female form, but Jefferson Machamer was easily the most well-known.