2017年2月4日 星期六

H. T. Webster(1885-1952): The Timid Soul (1952.10.5)


 胡適日記1952.10.5: H. T. Webster上月死了。他的漫畫之中,特別喜歡"The Timid Soul"。今天看此幅,特別忠厚可愛。(胡先生選的,很精采,遠比下文舉例的,好多多。_)

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Harold Tucker Webster was an American cartoonist known for The Timid Soul, Bridge, Life's Darkest Moments and others in his syndicated series which ran from the 1920s into the 1950s. Wikipedia





H. T. Webster - Wikipedia

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Harold Tucker Webster (September 21, 1885 – September 22, 1952) was an American cartoonist known for The Timid Soul, Bridge, Life's Darkest Moments and ...




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His picture made the cover of Time magazine in 1945:
Cover of Time magazine, 26 November 1945
Cover of 'The Best of H. T. Webster'Webster published over 15,000 panels over the course of 40-plus years as a newspaper cartoonist. A memorial collection of his cartoons, The Best of H. T. Webster, published in 1953, a year after his death, featured an introduction by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Robert E. Sherwood, and made the best seller lists. In his introduction, Sherwood wrote,
On April 4, 1953, the last new drawing by H. T. Webster was published in the New York Herald Tribune and a hundred and twenty-five other papers, and for many of us timid souls, this day marked as one of life’s darkest moments. There will be other fine artist-cartoonist-critics to inspire use with joy or indignation from day to day, but never another to span the years and the range of human emotions in the same extraordinary way that Webby did.
Webster based many of his one-panel cartoons on a number of recurring themes, and Sherwood managed to work two of them into his statement above.
“Life’s Darkest Moments” were, like many of his pieces, wonderfully succinct takes on the ways in which life consistently pokes a pin into the bubbles of our fantasies of self-importance.

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