Before Roland and Sylvester: William Steig’s Early Cartoons

Today we mainly think of William Steig as an award -winning author and illustrator of children’s books. But before his 1968 breakout career in that field (he was in his early 60s), he was a very successful cartoonist. He published over 1,600 drawings in all, including 117 covers for The New Yorker.  Back in the 1930s and 40s, Steig made a living doing gag cartoons for magazines and producing advertising illustrations for clients like Shell Oil, American Express and Delco batteries. Here’s a peek at some of his early work.

Post Cereal 1940s

Post Cereal 1940s

Shell Oil 1937-Click below

American Express 1952

Saturday Evening Post 1941

Shell Oil Co. 1940s

Colliers 1949

Colliers 1938

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