Drawing Power

DRAWING POWER: A COMPENDIUM OF CARTOON ADVERTISING, 1800s-1940s edited by Rick Marschall & Warren Bernard (Fantagraphics / Marschall Books)
While I normally prefer actual scans of printed comics to digitally-cleaned artwork, this otherwise beautiful and informative tome suffers from some eye-strainingly tiny reproductions of yellowed newsprint. It’s fascinating to see cartoon kids hawk cigarettes and imagine a time when cartoonists themselves were celebrity pitchmen. I was born too late.

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