I only met the late Mark Cohen once. This was in 1999 at the NCS Reuben Weekend in San Antonio, and before I started doing work for MAD. Mark was a prominent collector of cartoon artwork, and had 9among other things) one of the largest collections of original MAD art on the planet. His collections toured around galleries, and he was a tireless advocate for the cartooning world. I wish I had gotten a chance to get to know him.
One of Mark’s more well-known collections was of self-caricatures of cartoonists, of which he was said to have had close to 1,000. In 1998 he had a show of about 100 of these gems that appeared at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. There was a published catalog of that show, and over at his excellent blog, cartoonist Mike Lynch has shared a number of the self caricatures contained there-in by the likes of Burne Hogarth, Milton Caniff, Gahan Wilson, Al Capp, Robert Crumb and many others. There is a forward by the great Mort Drucker and the cover (above) was done by Charles Schulz. Below are a couple of MAD-centric self-caricatures from the catalog. Be sure and visit Mike’s blog for the rest of the show! These images and the catalog are copyright ¬¨¬©1998 by Mark J. Cohen and the Cartoon Art Museum.
Thanks to Mike Lynch and to the mysterious “DD” on the MadMumblings forum for the links.
758 My cover art for the next issue of MAD, exclusive sneak peek from @entertainmentweekly website
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