It’s taken awhile to get hold of a dust jacketed copy of William Steig’s very first cartoon collection, Man About Town but finally one has arrived here at Spill headquarters. Published in 1932 by Ray Long & Richard R. Smith; hard cover, unpaginated, on good paper stock that has held the images beautifully over the years.
Steig’s work first appeared in The New Yorker issue of August 9,1930 (shown above). That first drawing is in this collection as are a number of the one hundred and twenty-two Steigs published between 1930 and 1932.
With the addition of Man About Town, I’d love to be able to say the Steig Spill collection is complete, but it’s not even close (if we include his kids books).
William Steig (photo above) Born in Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 14, 1907, died in Boston, Mass., Oct. 3, 2003. In a New Yorker career that lasted well over half a century and a publishing history that contains more than a cart load of books, both children’s and otherwise, it’s impossible to sum up Steig’s influence here on Ink Spill. He was among the giants of the New Yorker cartoon world, along with James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, Charles Addams, Helen Hokinson and Peter Arno. Lee Lorenz’s World of William Steig (Artisan, 1998) is an excellent way to begin exploring Steig’s life and work. NYer work: 1930 -2003.
It’s Sunday, meaning it’s time for the newToonStack, a themed collection of cartoons from (mostly) New Yorker contributors. This week theme: “I Get That Reference!” … Cartoons with References.