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A rescued archive of vintage New York City from a forgotten ash can artist

After cartoonist, educator, and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find out more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings—casual, confident, and brimming with personality—and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar. After some online sleuthing, Sturm connected with Wortmans son, who relayed that an archive of more than five thousand illustrations was literally sitting in his shed in dire need of rescuing. For more than thirty-five years, the illustrations had been fighting such elements as hungry rodents, rusty paper clips, and even a blizzard. Wortmans son also had drawers full of his fathers correspondence, including letters and holiday cards from William Steig and Walt Disney. Original artwork by artists and personal friends—including Peggy Bacon, Milt Gross, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh—were also saved. The fact that Wortmans luminary peers held him in the highest regard, coupled with his artistic prowess, makes his absence from both fine art and comics history puzzling. So Sturm and Brandon Elston set out to create a beautiful tribute to the forgotten master.

Denys Wortmans New York is not only a tribute to Wortman; it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortmans voracious creative output. From coal cellars to rooftops, from opera houses to boardinghouses, Wortman recorded the sailors, dishwashers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hoboes, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively made the city what it was and is today.

About the Author

Denys Wortman (1887-1954) was born in Saugerties, New York. He studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art, where his classmates included George Bellows, Rockwell Kent, and Edward Hopper. In 1924, he took over the comic feature Metropolitan Movies in the pages of the New York World and found his true passion as a cartoonist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770460133
Author:
Wortman, Denys
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Author:
Sturm, James
Author:
Elston, Brandon
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-White Illustrations throughout
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
10.88 x 8.38 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » Cartoons » General
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Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » General
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Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
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