Cool history lesson Dave, thanks!
This may be of interest to few people but me, but since I did my second Masters degree on WWII cartoon propaganda, it's kind of a landmark: Efimov was sort of the last of the last WWII cartoonists still kickin' around. It's interesting to note because we live in an age where newspapers are painfully diminished in scope and impact: They'll largely be gone in five years or so (especially now that General Motors, P&G and others are cutting back on their advertising due to the worsening recession). And cartooning, which for so long rode those circulation numbers to mass-market appeal, is a much-diminished artform in terms of cultural impact. The most popular among us, online, can boast only a 2 or 3 million readers a day.
But! Back in the day, specifically, back in the days of WWII, cartoonists were king. My chosen graduate focus, Phillip Zec, worked for London's Daily Mirror (13 Million subscribers in 1939, 22 Million in 1948 -- with a secondary readership far, far larger than those numbers communicate). He and guys like Efimov, Low, Mauldin -- they spoke to tens and tens of millions of people a day. And in the way a cartoonist/propagandist can only do in an all-out, existential war...they swayed the moods and opinions of huge swathes of the populace.
So, Efimov's passing is sort of a landmark for me. He literally is the final passing of an age for cartooning.
indeed. it really was very interesting albeit very sad to hear. hopefully one day the creativity of the artists on the web can reach that many people
way too many people are dying lately. even the actor for mr clean just died at 92 (of pneumonia of all things)
Dave, this actually raises a question I've been curious about for awhile. Your bio says you have two Masters degrees in the art and history of cartooning. How does one go about getting those degrees? Are there actually schools that have specialized art or history degrees in cartooning? Or is it just the focus of your thesis with a history or art or art history degree? Maybe a simpler question is what it says on your diplomas.
I have an MA in Actuarial Science, which seems pretty straightforward. I went to some classes, took some tests, and some guy shook my hand and handed me an expensive piece of paper. I'm just intrigued by the whole idea of how somebody pursues a Masters related to cartooning.
Thanks for the information Dave.
As an amateur historian I'm always interested in the anecdotes and tidbits of history that are normally never told.
If you have more of the like then please enlighten us. You'll have at LEAST one eager listener. ;-)
May old Boris rest in peace.
PS: His rendering of Stalin (at wikipedia) really is striking.
I can find no translations for the word Efimov in either Russian or English. Please explain why this name is interesting to you.
Beautifully said, Dave. This is one of the reasons you've got a fan for life down here in San Diego (and wherever life takes me in the future).
Perhaps now that Sheldon has a tagline, you should get one, too?
Dave Kellet: The thinking man's goofball.
Dave Kellet: Cartoonistorian.