Cartoonist as Celebrity

By | Monday, July 10, 2023 2 comments
One thing that I think we frequently forget these days is that, back in the first half of the twentieth century, cartoonists were celebrities. They'd get paid to hawk wares the way pro athletes do today. Here's clearly-not-very-comfortable-in-front-of-a-camera Rube Goldberg in an educational short about perpetual motion. (Also, buy a Chevrolet!)
And here's (in addition to the cast of the Blondie radio show) Alex Raymond encouraging people to join the Marines...
And here's a Chicago Tribune promotion about the creation of paper featuring Chester Gould and Carey Orr...

Maybe it's just me, but I'm continually astounded that cartoonists used to be celebrated that much.
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Matthew E said...

Have you read Seth's The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists? There's a bit about that in there.

I actually just picked that book up not long ago, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet! I'll have to move it higher on my TO READ pile now! Thanks!