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Life on the PressThe Popular Art and Illustrations of George Benjamin Luks$
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Robert L. Gambone

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732221

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732221.001.0001

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An Illustrator Comes of Age

An Illustrator Comes of Age

(p.47) Chapter Two An Illustrator Comes of Age
Life on the Press

Robert L. Gambone

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter narrates how George Luks “came of age” and how he broke into his career as a graphic artist and cartoonist.Puck published its first cartoon by George Luks on May 27, 1891. Although a freelancer submitting drawings to Joseph Keppler’s magazine at a standard rate of five dollars for every cartoon, Luks had hoped that this achievement would grant him regular employment at Keppler in the same manner of Frederick Burr Opper. He hoped, in other words, that this would be his big break. The chapter narrates the struggles that artists such as Luks went through. It also talks about how the creativity of Luks shined in his — at the time — original depiction of clever artists who outwit normally street-wise saloon keepers or savvy editors in order to attain food or money. The Poet’s Mead (Puck, May 27, 1891, 218), and Practical Reciprocity (Puck, July 1, 1891, 4) are among these cartoons.

Keywords:   George Luks, graphic artist, Puck, Joseph Keppler, Frederick Burr Opper, The Poet’s Mead, Practical Reciprocity

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