You may have noticed a mild obsession with cartoons here on LitKicks, though not so much with the elaborately drawn comix and graphic novels that are the hip thing today. I’m mainly interested in a few classics, which I reference constantly: Charles Schulz’s Peanuts, Mad Magazine, Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman. I’m sure this is due to the influence of my father, Eli Stein, who has been a professional cartoonist since 1957.
Eli Stein’s cartoons appear most frequently in the Wall Street Journal‘s “Pepper and Salt” (where he can still be spotted at random intervals), but he also covers a wide variety of other markets from the National Law Journal to Good Housekeeping. As a kid, though, I was most impressed when he appeared — once, and only once — in Mad Magazine. His single sale to the National Lampoon is pretty cool too.
I’ve been working with my Dad to build the website linked above. You can cross-reference by topic (Kids, Sports, Psychiatrists, Restaurants and Bars) or by decade (it’s fun to see how the drawing style evolves from the 1950’s and 1960’s to present times). The site is still being built and new works will be added often to the front page (Dad is 74 but he can still work a scanner very well, and he can probably still beat me at tennis too).
Eli Stein is my “birth father” (if you’re curious about the names, read this) and even though I didn’t inherit his drawing talent I like to think he schooled me well in the humor field. I give him credit for introducing me to, among other things, Joseph Heller, Hank Williams and Gilbert and Sullivan. He probably thinks he introduced me to P. G. Wodehouse, but that was Kelly.
Yeah, there’s a lot of good stuff here, so Now I’ll just step aside and present for your viewing pleasure the Eli Stein Cartoon Archive.