READY FOR FRAMING! A mint cover by American Illustrator/Cartoonist Wm. Steig from the “New Yorker Magazine” December 24, 1979. It portrays two angels dropping candy canes over a fanciful collection of rooftops, which a third plays his trumpet.
This vintage cover is not a reprint, photographic copy or any other type of reproduction, but an original full-color “New Yorker” cover printed on heavy coated stock. From a smoke-free environment, it measures approximately 8 1/2” x 11 ½” and has no folds, tears or stains!
William Steig was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1907 and died in Boston, Mass. in 2003. He was a prolific cartoonist, sculptor and, later in life, author of popular children’s books. It was Steig who created the character of Shrek that inspired the popular movie series.
As a child he dabbled in painting and was a avid reader of literature. Steig never finished college, although he attended three, including five days at the Yale School of Fine Arts. He began drawing for the “New Yorker” in 1930, producing more than 2,600 cartoons and drawings and 117 covers.
After creating his first children’s book in 1968, he went on to write 30 more. In 1984 his film adaptation of “Dr. De Soto” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.