Saturday, May 26, 2007
Meet Henry Syverson
Syverson is one of my all-time favorite print cartoonists and a huge influence. Back before I could read I looked forward to his ebullient wordless gags in SATURDAY EVENING POST magazine. There his bulb-nosed figures adorned the masthead and margins of the "Post Script" humor section, sort of like a G-rated Sergio Arragones. Anyone who has seen the "You want it WHEN??!" gag posted in a print shop will recognize Syverson's work, (the picture shows three figures convulsed in derisive laughter and if it isn't Syverson, it's a perfect imitation).
His style is all his own, but it seems to combine the emotional directness of Robert Osborn, the doughy charm of Walt Kelly, and the spontaneous vitality of Lee Lorenz all at once. I will post more as I go along. The more I look at them the more I love 'em.