Saturday, June 25, 2011

Don Martin a Cartoon Original

Don Martin has to be in the top 5 most original cartoonists in history.
One of the reasons I started my blog was because it was depressing to see how inbred modern cartoons had become and I figured if I started posting a wide variety of cartoon styles that had life, individuality, humor and skill that maybe the next generation of cartoonists would have a wider assortment of inspirations that just the last 30 years of decadent Disney and Saturday morning cartoons.
I have not been posting as much stuff as I used to and that's mainly because there are so many great blogs now that do better what mine was for.
These Don Martin images are from ComicCrazys, one of my favorite blogs.
To me, blogs are even better than books because the people who make them actually like the work itself and are generously willing to share it with the rest of the world. Fans put up the cartoons and comics in all their glory - unlike so many books that hide tiny thumbnail drawings within a vast sea of boring text written by pompous non-cartoonists who want to find some way to intellectualize the work -rather than just showing you the work and letting you enjoy it for what it is.
Don Martin's drawing style is even funnier than his jokes and that's what makes cartooning different than other forms of humor.

I don't anyone who draws funnier 'tards than Martin.



This feeding the pigeon comic story is a true work of cartoon art.

Chris Lopez shares tons of great and unique cartoon art with the world. I hope it helps to break the cycle of hideous stylistic inbreeding we have been suffering from for too long.
http://comicrazys.com/2011/06/20/more-of-the-completely-mad-don-martin-best-cartoons-from-mad-magazine-don-martin/

20 comments:

Kenny W. said...

Amazing... I've tried at this style for months, but I've never made anything this awesome! Nice post, John. I promise I'll donate to this once I'm old enough.

By the way, whatever happened to that post about Canadian stock anticipation poses (or something along the lines of that)?

Martin Juneau said...

I agree about how sad the last generation of animation became pedestrian and more than i think, i feel to gave up to watch cartoons for movies and live-action shows which have more fun and lifes visually. Animation is supposed to have funny situations and beat the physics limits but how it can be so boring and repetitive today? Have you keep an eye to the new Looney Tunes Show they made? Apparently, the show don't work because it was driven by sitcom formula and we know yet it don't work for this characters. Such a disgrace for some characters you pretend to know by heart but never seen the peoples who made and built.

Anyway, great information about your interests to blogs, and those Martin's pics are terrific and hilarious. Full of great cartooning, energy in the poses and hilarious antics are truly his art mark. He's really inspiring to find a original style and use it.

John Rouse said...

I've been digging through my collection of old Mads. Don is one amongst many greats that worked there. I have really gained an appreciation for Mort Drucker's work. His caricatures are great.

Steven M. said...

Don Martin is a true genius.

Fang Shih-yu said...

The panel with the attempted feeding of the pigeon is ornate, elaborate and funny!

It seems the only one artist who comes close to doing this today is Sergio Argones. In times past, Wally Wood and Bill Elder could fill panels and pages with hilarious stuff without cluttering the layout.

Just thinking about Fester and Karbunkle (two Martin creations) makes me smile. God bless Don Martin!

Mr. Lopez's blog is definitely worth looking at. Thanks for sharing this!

HemlockMan said...

Don Martin did, indeed, draw some funny morons.

One thing that I noticed about him even when I was a kid is that he didn't draw black people to look like monkeys. He drew them to look just like his other stupid people, but with darker skin.

paul said...

I see your point Johnny, I see that it's way better than Gumball or Family Guy or South Park. Would it be OK if I could copy some Don Martin drawings and apply them into my own work?

Damiano D said...

Woah! I love the way this guy draw such distinctly different looking characters that are so funny! Thanks for sharing, JK.

Michael said...

I thought Don Martin's paperbacks from Mad were even funnier. His long form cartoons were hilarious. Captn Klutz and The Adventures of Fester and Karbunkle, classic stuff.

Roberto Severino said...

I had a good feeling you were going to bring up the Comic Crazys blog sometime. Those Don Martin comics made me feel like I was in heaven. Incredible.

kurtwil said...

Yup, D.Martin's everything JK said, and my reason for buying many MAD magazines.

JK, what do you think of the German cartoons that tried to animate Don Martin comics?

FYI, maybe someday somebody will try animating Irv Spector's THE FARMERS DAUGHTER, keeping the strip's soul intact? Was also surprised that Hal Seegar's name as copyright popped up on that strip.

Archie said...

Hey John, what do you think of these artists from england http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_Jm70Jx1fU-Y/SrIBst7p4HI/AAAAAAAAAQ0/-D_-4bNEmEs/s1600-h/Jonahwithgun1.jpg

jeffreyJack said...

Nice furshlugginer post John. I always liked the way Don Martin drew feet with the toes pointing down.

Marty Qatani said...

When I was in Jr. High School.. Don Martin was the man !! I always attribute Hanna Barbera as one of my biggest influences, but Don Martin was just as big if not bigger.. he's the King, NO... God of Big Nose, Big Feet character artists.

John Rouse said...

Hey, John...I am of the opinion making somebody laugh is one of the highest callings in life. You have made me laugh until I thought my spleen was going to rupture. This is way off the topic of this thread, but I don't have your personal contact information.
This is the funniest crap I've seen on the internet in at least a few days. This dude contacts chicks and tells them he's an artist and wants to draw their portrait. Zaniness ensues. I hope you get a laugh.
http://poststuff2.entensity.net/062211/troll/

Gordeaux said...

I don't know John, I think your 'tards are pretty high quality!

Williaint said...

I bought a Don Martin book ($10) at a second-hand store last Christmas! I know my dad loves the gags too -- especially the 'schpleck' sort of stuff!

mcarter said...

You stated that other blogs are doing what you intended to do but better. Pleeeaaasse don't stop this blog any time soon. You are doing...the lord's work.

David Germain said...

Yep! I got the ultimate Don Martin book set for a birthday present just a few short years ago. Not a dud in the bunch. Every one of them is brilliant. Don Martin's cartoons need to be a part of everyone's lives. The world would be a much better place if we could make that happen.

Mykal said...

John: Don Martin was the first cartoonist I copied. Must have been 4th grade. Copying him made me feel like a genius. I still think "Fester Bestertester" one of the all time great character names.

And yes, Chris is the man and ComiCrazys is the place! That's one of my favs, too.