For all his melancholy (his listed recreations in Who's Who were "brooding and worrying"), he wasn't depressive, and was capable of wild, hallucinogenic fantasies, according to his daughter Stephanie, a sitcom writer. One was a plan to spray Centrepoint pink from a helicopter. Sadly, he died - in 1994 - before he could carry this out. Some of his many drawings can be seen at the exhibition Look Back in Angst, at Rae-Smith Gallery, Cecil Court, London WC2 (0171-836 7424), to 24 Oct.
MEL CALMAN'S gloomily gentle pencil-drawn men were influenced by Thurber, but eschewed his reckless line. He drew men as thought-bubbles, pondering eternal complications, often to do with relationships, on which he was an expert, having been married twice. His work appeared regularly in The Times and six syndicated cartoons a week kept America happily miserable.