Classic Cartoons: 'All right, have it your way - you heard a seal bark!'
Martin Plimmer on James Thurber
Saturday 05 June 1999
Once he drew a man on an office wall, about to confront a belligerent woman wielding a club. One day in 1929, White rescued a drawing of a seal regarding two dots and saying "Hm, explorers" from a wastepaper basket, inked in the pencil lines and submitted it to the weekly art meeting. It came back bearing a sketch of a seal by art editor Rea Irvin and the note: "This is the way a seal's whiskers go." Ironically, Thurber's drawings, now synonymous with The New Yorker, were first published in a book he co-wrote with White, Is Sex Necessary?, in 1930.
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