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Stephen Kroninger
March 2009
Edward Sorel
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I've been thinking about putting together an Edward Sorel Post for some time. The hardest part was trying to figure out how to limit myself to about twenty-five images. With a few exceptions, I finally chose to only scan from two out-of-print collections, MAKING THE WORLD SAFE FOR HYPOCRISY (1972) and SUPERPEN (1979). They're only the tip of an incredible body of work that spans over four decades.
I'm not a writer so I'll defer to someone who is. In his book on satiric art, MAN BITES MAN, Steve Heller writes: "The caricaturist (to paraphrase Henri Bergson) who alters the size of a nose but respects nature's basic blueprint is as successful a sculptor as Nature herself. A sensitive use of exaggeration is the essence of his gift. Edward Sorel's cartoons are among the few that have this quality, while at the same time they are savage indictments of those being caricatured. During the mid-sixties and seventies, a period of social and political turmoil, Sorel unmasked those who perpetuated the Vietnam War, fostered the Watergate fiasco, and plunged the country further into moral excesses. As few cartoonists are able to do in this day and age, he created images which spoke of the unarticulated feelings of a disillusioned generation. He did so with a sense of comic style that was as devastating as it was beguiling."
Vice President Spiro Agnew: "First in War, First in Peace, First in the Heart of His Country Club."
Cardinal Spelling
"Harry and Dick: Global Policeman"
"Peace Offensive"
 
Sorel’s News Service: Ladies and Gentleman…the President of the United States
SAIGON-United States Headquarters reported that 65 Americans had been killed in Vietnam during the first week of December. This brought to 43,568 the number of Americans killed in Indochina fighting since Jan. 1, 1961. Meanwhile, in Washington, President Nixon had his definition of fun: “Fun is the opportunity to do the things you couldn’t do if you were not President.” (October 1970)
 From Jessica Mitward's Foreword to MAKING THE WORLD SAFE FOR HYPOCRISY: ...Sorel's News Service, one of the sharpest and funniest contemporary political commentaries ever produced, is unknown to most of us. The reason: it proved far too rich fare for the queasy stomachs of newspaper editors. For a while the series was syndicated by King Features and at its peak ran in 44 newspapers. "But every time I got a bit vicious", Mr. Sorel told me, "some newspaper would drop me." The syndication foundered on the cartoon of Nixon juggling skulls, after which the series was discontinued by half the newspapers that still subscribed to it. "At that point it seemed futile to continue." he said.
Sorel's News Service: The Wonderful World of Wilhelm II
NEW YORK-Reaffirming his opposition to Red China, William F. Buckley Jr. recently opined to a magazine interviewer that, "We are hardly ignoring a country by failing to recognize it. As a matter of fact, we are sort of super-recognizing it. The easy thing to do is to recognize; if you don't recognize, you're giving it very special attention." (September 1970)
Sorel's News Service: In Your Heart You Know He's Right
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-Seeking the Republican nomiination for senator, G. Harrold Carswell promised to an audience that "whatever present level of mediocrity is in the Senate today, it will be raised when Harrold Carswell is elected." (August 1970)
 Agnew again.
Attorney General John Mitchell: "Before and After"
1972
"Pieta with Norman Vincent Peale and Billy Graham"
"Watergate before...and after"
"Progress"
"America, 1977"
"Mild Recession"
Steve Heller: "His drawings are studies of corruption and his comic movie posters have been a successful means of placing his targets in absurd, but believable, situations."
President Gerald R. Ford is featured in a Sorel comic strip.
The Sequel, Ford-Carter Election '76
Frank Sinatra
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
The Warner Mob: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Eduardo Cianelli, Jack L. Warner, James Cagney, Barton MacLaine, Edward G. Robinson and John Garfield. Sorel's drawings of classic movie stars are a post unto themselves. And then there are the literary figures.
Woody Allen
Johann Sebstian Bach
With opening day just around the corner, here's one for you Yankees fans, Joe DiMaggio.
EdwardSorel.com
Unauthorized Portraits. Published in 1997, this is the best Sorel retrospective to date.
Zina Saunders' profile of Edward Sorel Great read (and image) conducted by one of Drawger’s own.
The Mural at the Waverly Inn: A Portrait of Greenwich Village Bohemians Sorel’s latest book. Apparently The Waverly Inn is a tough reservation so this might be the closest I’ll ever get to actually seeing the mural.
all images © copyright Edward Sorel
These Sinatra are an add-on after Victor Juhasz' comment below. The first is Victor's favorite Sorel Sinatra and a mighty great one indeed.
The second is one that never fails to crack me up. I'm not exactly sure how Sorel felt about Sinatra's music but it's pretty clear how he felt about Sinatra's celebrity. He has nothing but contempt for Sammy Davis Jr. and Jerry Lewis. Ok, more scanning and posting.
Another great movie poster
A Checkroom Romance
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Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy: A Checkroom Romance
SECOND SHOW ADDED!
Friday, May 15, 2009 at 7pm
New York Public Library - Cullman Center presents A Checkroom Romance by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 7pm SOLD OUT
Friday, May 15, 2009 at 7pm TICKETS AVAILABLE!
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018
In this new, musical tragicomedy by cartoonist Ben Katchor and musician Mark Mulcahy, one man's casual obsession with the architecture and culture of coat checkrooms ensnares him in a desperate struggle between employment agents, maitre'ds, lovesick podiatrists, low-budget contractors, and paraphilic playboys. A Check-Room Romance was commissioned by the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
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Rollerina
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This is a recent private commission. For the past five years or so I’ve been making collages featuring scenes of people in New York City. My Wahington Square Park was published in The New Yorker. I look at this work as part of that series even though the other were created with sketches from contemporary NYC life and this one is from photographs.
 In May 1979 I moved from the bucolic village of Orefield, Pennsylvania to Greenwich Village. In summer, Christopher Street was a non-stop street party from Seventh Avenue down to the river. My first apartment (compartment---it was an SRO—no kitchen, shared bathroom) was right around the corner at Tenth and Hudson. One of the fixtures of that Christopher Street scene, at least in my memory, was Rollerina. She would roller skate up and down the crowded sidewalks and tap people on the head with her wand and say some magic word that I’ve long since forgotten. As some of you may remember, roller skating and disco were all the rage back then. Rumor had it that Rollerina was a stockbroker by day. I don’t know if that was true or not. Maybe someone reading this has more, accurate information.
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