comic art by Peter Arno

New Yorker cartoonist Peter Arno may not have invented the single-speaker captioned cartoon, but he surely perfected it. He was about to abandon his ambition to be an artist for a musical career when he received a check for a drawing that he submitted to a new humor magazine, The New Yorker, that had debuted February 21, 1925. With the publication of this spot illustration on June 20, 1925, Arno began a 43-year association with Harold Ross's weekly. Until at least 1962, he was also working for Circus Magazine by Barnum & Bailey.

cover by Peter Arno (1942)
Peter Arno

Last updated: 2006-12-29

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