Boris Drucker passes at age 88

Boris Drucker was a popular cartoonist in The New Yorker, Saturday Evening Post, Punch, Playboy and Family Circle. He passed away last Thursday of a stroke.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

During World War II, he served in the Army in the China-Burma-India Theater. While completing meteorological reports for U.S. pilots flying over the Himalayas, he sketched villagers and his fellow soldiers.

After his discharge, Mr. Drucker interviewed at an advertising agency in Philadelphia. There, an executive advised him that he was a cartoonist, not an advertising artist, and suggested he try the Saturday Evening Post. Mr. Drucker took a month to make 100 cartoons, and with the help from his friends and neighborhood postman winnowed the number to 10, which he took to the Post’s cartoon editor. He sold a cartoon to the magazine and became a regular contributor.

In 1966, he sold his first cartoon to the New Yorker.

“He considered it a great achievement,” his daughter Johanna said, “the thrill of his life.”