Above: a Gerberg Sandwich; Mell Lazarus, Mort Gerberg, and editorial cartoonist & GRIMMY creator Mike Peters from a photo I took at the 2007 Reubens Convention.
Upon the occasion of the Mort Gerberg-edited cartoon collection LAST LAUGHS: CARTOONS ABOUT AGING, RETIREMENT ... AND BEYOND, comes a Publisher's Weekly interview with Mort written by none other than Calvin Reid.
Here's a quote from Mort about his career:
Link to AP story "Cartoonists Take Aim at Aging, Dying" by Malcolm Ritter.
Finally, in the late 1960s I got a chance to start with the New Yorker, but it took a long time. You had to pay your dues to get in there. Bob Weber, one of the great New Yorker cartoonists, submitted cartoons for a year before he got in—and he didn’t even get a rejection note back during that time.
The good thing about this book is that there will be cartoons in it that no one has seen before; i.e., it's not entirely a book of New Yorker leftovers.
My favorite "death cartoon" is this one by the great Lee Lorenz.
H/t to Tom Spurgeon over at the Comics Reporter.