Thursday, November 3, 2016

Robert Weber 1924-2016

From Inkspill.

The great cartoonist Robert Weber, who contributed nearly 1500 cartoons and 11 covers to the New Yorker since 1962, died on Oct. 20 in Branford, Connecticut. He was 92.

The New Yorker, February 13, 1978.

Born April 22, 1924, in Los Angeles, Mr. Weber was perhaps one of the most unassuming cartoonists in a sea of unassuming cartoonists at the magazine. Although he is solidly in the top tier of most published New Yorker cartoonists, he never published a collection of his own work.

He told art director Lee Lorenz that he “wasn’t interested” in having a collection. His low profile belied the work he delivered to the magazine: assured drawings, sometimes on a grand scale, usually, but not always focused on Manhattanites and suburban dwellers as far north as Westport, Connecticut. 

Weber seemed to arrive graphically fully formed at The New Yorker. His drawings featured well-defined characters imbedded within an exuberantly sketched environment, whether it was a parking garage or the Manhattan skyline.


"In Memoriam: Bob Weber" in The New Yorker.
"Robert Weber, Whose New Yorker Cartoons Twitted the Overprivileged, Dies at 92" in the New York Times.

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