extremely rare collection of original Bernard Lansky artworks has
not been seen by the public since they were originally drawn.
Many of these artworks were immediately stashed away soon after they
were created, only to be rediscovered decades later during an
exhaustive cataloging of a private collection that contains more
than 60 years worth of original Bernard Lansky cartoons.
During this time in
Bernard Lansky's career he worked as a freelance illustrator in New
York City. His work was published in a host of fine newspapers
as well as national magazines (SATURDAY EVENING POST, LOOK,
discovered this signed and dated (1951) 12" x 24" black and
white brush and ink poster featuring political figures of the
time. To our best knowledge, this poster has never before
been publicly displayed!
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Featured in this
gallery are very early works dating from the late 1940's to the mid
1950's. Few are dated. Some were never intended for
All gallery images are
unique glimpses into the evolving mind of a young and growing
Please take a
moment to view and enjoy these works. If you have any questions
or would simply like to comment on the works available for view,
please feel free to contact us.
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version of any image, simply click on it.
During our cataloging of known
works by Bernard Lansky, we uncovered a treasure of
In the years prior to his first
syndicated cartoon panel
Seventeen®, Bernard Lansky spent a great deal of time
working on technique and style in New York City. He moved
to New York from San Diego because, "...that's where the jobs
During these years, Mr. Lansky
made a living by selling gag cartoons to magazines and
newspapers. His every day observations of people and
places became subjects of practice for him. He also worked
for Al Capp, creator of Lil' Abner, and developed life long
friendships with many industry professionals.
The images we make available
today within the Random Acts of Artistry section of our
1948-1955 period gallery are representative of a deeper look
into the spontaneous talent of a genius cartoonist. These
wonderful color and black & white, pencil and ink images are
of a cartoonist's daydreams. And, they are made available here for public
viewing for the very first time!
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