Cartoon Monarch: Otto Soglow and the Little King
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Soglow began experimenting with eliminating lines that weren't necessary while at The New Yorker, where he created The Little King in 1931. Lured by William Randolph Hearst, Soglow moved to the Sunday comic’s section with The Ambassador until his contract with The New Yorker ended in 1934. The Ambassador led the way–in more ways than one–for the King, who remained a Sunday funnies mainstay until Soglow's death in 1975.
Much of the humor in The Little King is aimed at puncturing pomposity, and Soglow accomplishes it with drawings that are, as Brunetti points out, tightly composed, exquisitely timed, carefully structured pieces of machinery.
Otto Soglow's process of streamlining is at the root of why his cartoons have a timeless sophistication and elegance, and continue to entice new readers and cartoonists. It's high time for such a fitting tribute to this cartoon monarch.
• 432 pages
• 9.25" x 7.5"
• ISBN 978-1-61377-148-8