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New Yorker cartoonist Ed Fisher passes at age 87
Ed Fisher, who drew cartoons for The New Yorker from 1951 to 2000, died the other day, at age eighty-seven.
Ed, on the other hand, did—all told, he contributed over seven hundred cartoons.
Bob has posted several of his favorite Ed Fisher cartoons.
Mr. Fisher returned to New York after college with a wife — the former Ann Sharp — and settled in Upper Manhattan, where he lived for decades. “He had the same phone number for 60 years,” his son said. At first he tried to find work at graphic design studios, telling potential bosses that he’d sold cartoons to The New Yorker, after which, according to family lore, he wouldn’t be hired because, he was told, he was overqualified.
I saw Ed routinely on The New Yorker “look day” in the early 2000s. He would be sitting on the couch, in the cartoonists’ waiting room, with his portfolio, ready to chat. I introduced myself and was really glad to meet him. More than once he pulled out his roughs and showed them to me. Ed treated me like an equal.