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Insider Histories: Black Cartoonist E. Simms Campbell

E. Simms Campbell was an indispensable part of Esquire’s birth in the early 1930s. He established its visual style. He invented the original Esky character. And, in the words of its founding editor Arnold Gingrich, his full-page color cartoons “catapulted the magazine’s circulation from the start.” Campbell may also be the first African-American illustrator...

Changing a Designer's Spots

Esquire magazine has long nurtured exceptional designers and illustrators. David Levine (1926–2009), America’s foremost caricaturist, got his start doing spots at the head of front-of-the-book columns in Esquire. His linear style was developed to meet the reproduction demands of that small space. After Levine, the American modernist Rudolph de Harak took over. His work...

George Lois Can Still Kick Your Ass

When George Lois wants something, he usually gets it. Whether it’s Maypo, Matzo, or MTV, the advertising and design legend has won many more battles than he’s lost. And at 81 years old, Lois still approaches life like it’s something to be fought over and enjoyed and laughed about later. He has lived a...