Austin Briggs: His Advertising Illustrations

The artist Austin Briggs was rightly celebrated for his masterly editorial illustrations for magazines through the 1940s and 50s. His art drew the reader right into the stories with a sense of drama and anticipation, like a good movie trailer. Somewhat ignored is the advertising work he did for clients like American Airlines, General Motors […]

Before Danny the Dinosaur: The Early Cartoons of Syd Hoff

1 2 Syd HoffLike his fellow cartoonist, William Steig, Syd Hoff had a similar duel career. First as a successful and prolific cartoonist for most of his life, then as a best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. In 1958 Harper published Danny the Dinosaur which began his amazing run of over 60 titles he wrote […]

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 […]

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