I wrote to Charles 'Sparky' Shulz, among other cartoonists, and he suggested I write away for the National Cartoonists Society Album. So I dutifully wrote to them and received a little packet of information (I also slyly asked about how to join the Society). I sent for the album, but never received it and I neglected to ask about it or for a refund.
In the packet was a photocopy of a 1959 cover of one of their publications, drawn by a guy named Wood. Yeah, yeah, Wally Wood. It's got all these caricatures of cartoonists in a banquet room with a bar. I recognize some of the faces in there, including Rube Goldberg back next to the Rube award he designed. And it's funny how Wood made some of the cartoonists meld with their characters, like Hank Ketchum with Dennis the Menace, Ernie Bushmiller with Sluggo, Bill Mauldin with Willie (or is it Joe?), Dave Breger with his character. Charlie Schulz is just plain Charlie Brown. And the caricature of Walt Kelly blended with Pogo is perfection! I thought that was Woody himself back there talking with Al Capp, but if you look 4 figures to his left that REALLY is Wood. Maybe he's in there twice? Didn't Woody win an NCS award?
I love the roll call of all these cartoonists on the letterhead. I only just now see that Gil Kane was once the official Historian.