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Tuesday’s Spill: Cartoonists Drawing Other Cartoonists’ Cartoons; Re-Revisiting The New Yorker’s First Cover; The Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
September 28, 2021

Cartoonists Draw Cartoonist’s Cartoons
According to what the Spill has pieced together from Instagram posts, Asher Perlman, who began contributing cartoons to The New Yorker this past June, asked a bunch of New Yorker cartoonists  to draw “covers” of other New Yorker cartoonists work (it’s possible he assigned them a cartoonist…this is unclear!). Mr. Perlman’s cover of an Ellis Rosen New Yorker drawing appears above. Here’s Mr. Rosen’s actual drawing from The New Yorker issue of July 29, 2019:
 
To see them all (there are at least a dozen) go to #cartooncovers on Instagram.  Contributing cartoonists include Brendan Loper, Navied Mahdavian, Ali Solomon, Natalie Dupille, David Ostow, Joe Dator, and Mat Barton.
…To be continued, no doubt. 
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Re-Revisiting The New Yorker’s First Cover
For the past few days I’ve had the 1953 re-issue of the very first issue of The New Yorker sitting on my work table. I never tire of the perfection of that first cover (yes, perfection). Rea Irvin, who drew it, truly pulled a rabbit out of a top hat, but the rabbit wasn’t a rabbit — it was a top-hatted Victorian gent, soon to be dubbed Eustace Tilley. And then there are Irvin’s additional  cover elements: those drifty pink clouds, and the green what-evers over Tilley’s left shoulder.
And the butterfly: so much a butterfly, but not exactly one you’ll find in a textbook. The cartoonish elements of Tilley are fabulous: the simple profile, the few lines indicating facial features; the hair shown as a series of semi-circles; the lovely simple sweeping curving lines of the coat, and monocle cord. The only part of the piece that’s complicated is Tilley’s hand.
Irvin shows us all five fingers. Most cartoonist-artists are happy to show four. Irvin wisely decided we needed to see all five on this inaugural issue. There’s mystery in Rea Irvin’s creation. Why a Victorian gent on the cover of a brand new magazine published in the (mid) Roaring 20s? No one knows! (and as Lee Lorenz wrote in his text for the pamphlet accompanying an exhibit of art celebrating the magazine’s 60th anniversary: what’s even more fascinating is why The New Yorker‘s founder and first editor, Harold Ross, chose to use the Tilley cover). 
What we do know is that the cover itself, and its use, showed us the way whether Irvin and Ross knew it or not. The way was — and has been for close to a hundred years — to surprise. 
For those who enjoy holding a print magazine rather than looking at a magazine online, there is the aforementioned 1953 facsimile inaugural issue available. The 1953 re-issue frequently pops up for sale online. I’ve had the ’53 model for years — it’s useful for thumbing through when I want to go back in time to the beginning of the beginning of the magazine. If it was a copy of the actual first issue, I doubt I’d handle it as much. What’s fascinating (to me) is that the ’53 issue and the 1925 issue are the same — exactly the same, but for one thing: a line of text  —
 — it appears at the very bottom of the inside cover on the ’53 issue. Below is the bottom of the inside cover of the original issue, and below it: the same area of the inside cover of the 1953 re-issue.
As of this writing there are at least 3 copies of the ’53 issue on Ebay (one is offered at $30.00), and one copy of the actual first issue (for $4,499.99). 
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The Daily Cartoonist & Cartoon
Monday’s Daily Cartoonist
Emily Bernstein, who began contributing to The New Yorker in July of 2019, on the heat
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ALI SOLOMON
ASHER PERLMAN
BRENDAN LOPER
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ELLIS ROSEN
EMILY BERNSTEIN
HAROLD ROSS
JOE DATOR
MAT BARTON
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NATALIE DUPILLE
NAVIED MAHDAVIAN
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REA IRVIN
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THE NEW YORKER
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