Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Mort Drucker's Bob Hope and extra treats


Mort Drucker is an all around great cartoonist. Everyone knows his caricatures and movie parodies in Mad Magazine and lots of artists copy him - superficially. They copy his surface, the little squiggly lines he cross-hatches with, the Searle noses and stuff.

But it's not just his details that make him great. It's his grasp and control of all the essential drawing tools.

He's great at girls too.


He seems to be heavily influenced by Owen Fitzgerald. The way he composes his characters together in a scene, the opposing poses, the groups of characters as blocks of people, the use of negative shapes...
He draws really cartoony cars that still are solid, and he can draw anything from any angle.
His clean compositions, full of pleasing negative shapes to draw your attention to the filled shapes.Hierarchy of forms within forms.














I'm gonna break down some of his skills in further posts.

From what I hear, Drucker is self-taught! He looks like he has many influences: illustrations, animated cartoons, comic strips, comic books. His style tells me he is a big fan himself of cartoons and drawings of many styles. He puts them all together in a completely unique and fun way - and it looks like he is really having fun too.



RARE DRUCKER TREATS!








Thanks to Sherm for finding this stuff! Hey Sherm, gimme the link to the site it all came from!

And thanks Alex for giving it to me....

11 comments:

Jim said...

Nice stuff! I would never have guessed a Bob Hope comic would be so fun to look at.

John, I've been working through the Preston Blair book. Are you still critiquing students' work? If so, I'll post my drawings.

Thanks.

HemlockMan said...

It's no wonder that Mad Magazine stole him away from the rest of the comics world.

Are you gonna cover John Stanley's work? When I was a kid, MELVIN THE MONSTER was a favorite of mine. I still have those.

Disposable Ninja said...

Oh, cool. I was hoping you'd put more Mort Drucker stuff up. The guy has such an understanding of form and shape.

Captain Napalm said...

This is great, but what happened to the Rocky & Bullwinkle breakdowns? Are there more to come?

Aaron said...

When you say Searle Noses, do you mean Ronald Searle? If so, I don't get it.

Aaron said...

I absolutely love the beatnick's face in the daddio panel!

mike f. said...

Love Mort Drucker! And Owen Fitzgerald and Bob Oksner too. (I Still can't stand Bob Hope, though...)

These last couple of posts have been very insightful. Excellent analysis of some underrated cartoon geniuses.
Thanks, John and Sherm...

Jerry Beck said...

Drucker also drew several FOX & CROW covers for DC. He was an excellent funny animal artist as well.

mindwrecker said...

Looking forward to your analysis of Drucker! I used to try and dissect his stuff when I was a kid, and his work is so assured, and still fun and freakin' well-done, his talent was downright off-putting. I thought-I'll never be half as good as this guy! I did try and cop his techniques for drawing hands, he's so darned good at them. Yet another artist worth more attention and serious consideration!

MichaelVernon said...

Wow John. I love this pre-Mad drawings. I grew up, like most of us, with Mad mag. It was Mort Drucker that caught my eye from day one. To this day he is still working. At age 79 that pretty good. I understand that his wife Barb is very protective of him and that she is more or less his agent, of sorts. It was great seeing this stuff. I totally agree with you about the mixture of influences. The work and minute details he puts into his art. You can see that he's having a blast. thanks John.

Jim Rockford said...

WOW!
These comics were sure an eye opener.I had no idea Bob Hope led such an eventfull life!