Thursday, December 31, 2020

Pictures for a Year's End-No. 5

I'll close this series and the year with two illustrations for children's books, plus a magazine gag cartoon.

Kokomo native Norman Bridwell (1928-2014) may be renowned for his many books about Clifford the Big Red Dog, but he also illustrated this one featuring a small brown dog. The book is How to Care for Your Dog (1964), and the author is Jean Bethell. 

Jared Lee (b. 1943) is another well-loved children's book illustrator. He was born in Van Buren, Indiana, and now lives in Ohio. The picture shown here is from Monster Manners by Joanna Cole. It was published in 1985.

Finally, a drawing by Clyde Lamb (1913-1966) from the cartoon collection The Jokeswagon Book (1966), published during the Volkswagon craze of the 1960s. Lamb wasn't born in Indiana, nor did he go to school here or teach here or work here. Instead he was incarcerated in the Hoosier State in the 1930s and '40s. After gaining his freedom, he drew gag cartoons and created full-color illustrations for calendars published by Brown and Bigelow of St. Paul, Minnesota.

Text copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pictures for a Year's End-No. 4

I was happy to find this book recently at a secondhand store in Indianapolis. It's called The Hook Book . . . The ABC's of Drug Abuse (1973), and it's by Tom Floyd. A native of Gary, Thomas W. Floyd, Sr. (1929-2011) was a newspaper cartoonist and commercial artist who ran his own firm called Tom Floyd Visuals. He also contributed cartoons to Jet magazine. I hate drugs and drug use and am happy to have shared those feelings with the late Mr. Floyd, who wrote in his introduction, addressed to young people: "Don't ever start. Don't let anyone, under any circumstances, 'con' you into trying something that is so life destroying as drugs and the abuse of alcohol." By the way, The ABC's of Drug Abuse was printed by Cornelius Printing Company of Indianapolis, at one time the printer of Weird Tales magazine.

Original text copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley

Monday, December 28, 2020

Pictures for a Year's End-No. 3

Rob Day of Indianapolis provided the cover illustration for Maphead By Lesley Howarth (1994). You can find Mr. Day's website by clicking here.

Text copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley 

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Pictures for a Year's End-No. 2

Born in Mound City, Illinois, William Sandeson (1913-2003) drew editorial cartoons for the Fort Wayne News Sentinel for thirty-seven years before retiring in 1987. Before that he had worked in New Orleans and St. Louis. Sandeson illustrated Voice of the Turtle by John Ankenbruck (1925-2017). The book was published in 1974 with an introduction by Chris Schenkel (1923-2005), a native of Bippus, Indiana.

Text copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Pictures for a Year's End-No. 1

Time has run out for me this year. Before I go, I would like to show a few illustrations by fellow Hoosiers. I would also like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year. May the coming year be better than the one now ending. Or as John Lennon sang, it couldn't get much worse.

Denzil Omer "Salty" Seamon (1911-1997) of Gibson County, Evansville, Terre Haute, and Rosedale illustrated Wings Beyond, a book of poetry by C. David Hay, a dentist and poet, also of Rosedale. The book was published in 1995.

Text copyright 2020 Terence E. Hanley