Tuesday, May 16, 2017

William Von Riegen: Passing the Buck

Dick Buchanan has gone into his clip files and sent along two published cartoons by William Von Riegen from the 1950s. He writes, "I have absolutely no information on this guy other than his cartoons appeared from the late 1930s into the 1960s. He was a regular at Collier's and later Look, and illustrated magazine articles as well. Most of his gag cartoons were of the 'illustrated joke' variety."

William Von Riegen was born in New York in 1908 and studied with George Bridgman at the Art Students League where he later did some teaching. He lived in New Jersey for much of his career. According to his Ink Spill biography, Von Riegen's New Yorker work dates from 1937 to 1975.

"Don't try to pass the buck, Bronson! You were
the one who told me how good my idea was!"

William Von Riegen, Collier's, May 27, 1955

Scan by Dick Buchanan

"I had a long talk with my father about girls. He doesn't
know anything about them either."

William Von Riegen, Look, July 22, 1958

Scan by Dick Buchanan

Note:  My thanks to Dick Buchanan for forwarding these scans. He contributes regularly to Mike Lynch Cartoons, most recently here.

Biographical notes on the artist from artprice.com may be found here.

His figure drawings from Gene Byrnes's Complete Guide to Cartooning may be seen here.

A very brief biographical line appears on The New Yorker Cartoonists A-Z of Ink Spill.

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