World Encyclopedia of Cartoons

When I can’t find any links to the artists I feature, I consult this book. It was written in 1980 but that’s okay because the artist either died before the book was published or didn’t do much since then. I’ve had it since I was a teenager. It’s 676 pages. The editor, Maurice Horn, did all kinds of cartoon and comics history books like The World Encyclopedia of Comics, Sex in the Comics, 100 Years of Newspaper Comics, etc. Most of the art in this book is excerpts and stills from animated films, or in my copy, poor reproductions. However, there are lots of complete cartoons worthy of showing. Here are some which I’ll be showing off each Friday.
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This first cartoon, from introductory chapter Caricature and Cartoon is by John T. McCutcheon for the Chicago Tribune in 1920.
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By Yvan Le Louarn a/k/a Chaval for Paris-Match
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This is one of the few cartoons to not have a caption identifying the author or date.
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The syndicated daily panel Citizen Smith by Dave Gerard.
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Political cartoon from 1906 by Frederick Opper of Happy Hooligan fame.
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Richard Doyle in Punch
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The man who brought down the Tweed Ring in New York, and who current political cartoonists would like think they have the impact of, Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly
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Art Young in the leftist magazine, The Masses.
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Black humor by Siné
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Still from Au Fou!(which, according to Babelfish, means “With the insane one!” in French), a 1967 animated cartoon from Japan directed by Yōji Huri
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The Cow That Watched Trains Go By, a cartoon from 1875 by Caran D’Ache
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The Duel with the Fashionable Pointed Shoes by Adolf Oberländer, from 1885
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Love Story ca. 1885, by Alexandre Steinlen
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