In Praise of Partch

When I was a little kid my parents had a lot of cartoon books around. There was a big book of New Yorker cartoons, a book of cartoons from Punch (an English magazine whose humor was lost on an American child), Bill Mauldin’s Army (WW2 humor) and bunch of books by a guy who we called Vip, whose real name was Virgil Franklin Partch. He was a “drinking” cartoonist, a pro-drinking cartoonist. It was a time of non-ironic humor and his stuff celebrated getting drunk and chastised teetotalers  with a zeal that borders on drunken surrealism. As a kid I dug him because he reminded me of Mad’s Don Martin. Now, as an adult who enjoys a drink now and again I dig it on a completely different level, some of it even approaches genius.  This stuff is from a book called Bottle Fatigue (1950/ Duell, Sloan and Pearce)

    • galbacco
    • February 24th, 2011

    Bizarre but brilliant! Thanks for sharing…

    • Art Buchwald
    • February 26th, 2011

    nice stuff

    • Peter Carey
    • February 27th, 2011

    Holy shit, love this work and the artist. I need to see more…

    • Chris Schneider
    • February 28th, 2011

    I was at the antique consignment shop in Atlantic Highlands the other day, and in a book concession I found a couple copies of various true mens magazine stuff from the 50’s. Along with soul searching articles like “Jersey City: Cocktail Capitol of the World?” “Fighting Communists in Terra Del Fuego” and “How to Make a Lasso Out Of an Anaconda,” etc., each one of them had artwork by Partch. Snap ‘em up before they’re on eBay for twenty dollars.

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