After earning his B.A. he worked at Dell Publishing
as editor of the satire magazine Ballyhoo
before serving as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps
during World War II
, flying 40 missions over Germany.
After the war he rejoined Dell, left to edit This Week
for a year, and returned to edit Modern Screen
He also began drawing cartoons on weekends, selling them to The Saturday Evening Post
. His first appearance in The New Yorker
was a spot illustration in 1943; after becoming a full-time cartoonist in 1955, he joined their staff in 1956 and over more than 30 years drew 92 covers and more than 700 cartoons for the magazine.
Much of his New Yorker
work gently pokes fun at the privileged denizens of prosperous suburbs; unusually, he wrote his own words, often highlighting clichés, as in an image of well-fed executives in a boardroom, the chairman stating "Of course, honesty is one of the better policies."
After The New Yorker
was taken over and William Shawn
left the editorship, his work was rarely published there.
He published three collections of his cartoons for the magazine: Oh, Happy, Happy, Happy!
(1960), One Man's Fancy
(1970), and Honesty Is One of the "Better" Policies: Saxon's World of Business