1925: ‘The New Yorker’ Publishes for the First Time
Founded by Harold Ross and his wife, Jane Grant, a New York Times reporter, The New Yorker published its first issue on this day in 1925. It started out as a humor magazine but soon became a place where more series fiction literature and non-fiction journalism could be found written by some of the most influential writers including Shirley Jackson whose The Lottery created more mail (most of it negative) in the magazine’s history. Of course, The New Yorker is also well-known for its single-paneled cartoons including many by Charles Addams who created The Addams Family. Many of the early cartoons were drawn with captions written by staff writers. The saying, “Back to the drawing board” originated with Peter Arno’s 1941 cartoon where an engineer walks away from a crashed plane and says, “Well, back to the old drawing board.” The most reprinted comic was drawn in 1993 by Peter Steiner where two dogs sit at a computer and one says, “On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.”
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