Eldon Dedini

Eldon Dedini (June 29, 1921 – January 12, 2006) was an American cartoonist whose work appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Playboy and elsewhere.


Dedini was born in King City, California, on June 29, 1921; his father was a dairy farmer, his mother a schoolteacher. He studied at Salinas Junior College, where Leon Amyx was on the teaching staff, and then at the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. There he met Virginia Conroy; they were married on July 15, 1944. They adopted a baby boy in 1960.[1]

Dedini died at his home in Carmel, California, on January 12, 2006.[1]


Broccoli & Babes: The Cartoons and Posters of Eldon Dedini: November 4, 2005--January 20, 2006 at the Sasoontsi Gallery, Salinas, Calif.** Monterey Museum of Art "Arriola, Dedini, Ketchum" 1982


He received the National Cartoonists Society's Gag Cartoon Award in 1958, 1961, 1964 and 1988.


  • Illustrations for Bantam Books editions of Max Shulman works:
    • Rally Round the Flag, Boys!, (1958) (1959)
    • Barefoot Boy with Cheek (1959)
    • Sleep Till Noon (1959)
    • I Was a Teen-Age Dwarf (1960)
    • The Feather Merchants
    • Anyone Got a Match (1965)
  • The Dedini Gallery. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York (1961)
  • A Much, Much Better World. Microsoft Press, Bellevue WA (1985)
  • Fantagraphics Books published a posthumous collection of his work, An Orgy of Playboy's Dedini, ISBN 1-56097-727-2 in 2006. Introduction by political cartoonist Dennis Renault. The book is bundled with a documentary "Dedini: A Life of Cartoons" by Anson Musselman.


  1. ^ a b Robert C. Harvey (October 2008). Dedini, Eldon Lawrence (29 June 1921–12 January 2006). American National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1701703. (subscription required)


  • American National Biography Online
  • New York Times report of death Retrieved January 14, 2006
  • Monterey Herald obituary Retrieved January 14, 2006 (reprinted at emdashes.com
  • "Broccoli and Babes," an article by Ben Bamsey in Artworks (winter 2005): 58-63
  • Dedini's papers and original art are archived at the Cartoon Research Library at Ohio State University, which also has on file a videotape of his presentation at the 2001 Festival of Cartoon Art, sponsored by the Cartoon Research Library, during which Dedini showed slides of his cartoons and commented on them, offering a description of his working methods and attitudes.

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A cartoonist (also comic strip creator) is a visual artist who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is often created for entertainment, political commentary, or advertising. Cartoonists may work in many formats, such as booklets, comic strips, comic books, editorial cartoons, graphic novels, manuals, gag cartoons, graphic design, illustrations, storyboards, posters, shirts, books, advertisements, greeting cards, magazines, newspapers, and video game packaging.

Eldon (given name)

Eldon is a masculine given name. Notable people with the name include:

Eldon Bargewell, US Army major general and commander of Delta Force

Eldon Danenhauer (born 1935), American college and American Football League player

Eldon Davis (1917–2011), American architect

Eldon Dedini (1921–2006), American cartoonist

Eldon Edwards (1909-1960), Ku Klux Klan leader

Eldon Garnet (born 1946), Canadian artist and novelist

Eldon Grier (1917–2001), Canadian poet and artist

Eldon Gorst (1861–1911), Consul-General in Egypt

Eldon Griffiths (born 1925), British former politician and journalist

Eldon C. Hall, computer engineer

Eldon Hoke (1958-1997), musician, drummer and lead singer of the Mentors

Eldon Jenne (1899-1993), American pole vaulter and college football and basketball coach

Eldon Arthur Johnson (1919-2001), Canadian politician

Eldon Lautermilch (born 1949), Canadian politician

Eldon Maquemba (born 1984), Angolan footballer

Eldon Miller (born 1939), American college men's basketball coach

Eldon Nelson (1927-2012), American jockey

Eldon Rathburn (1916-2008), Canadian film music composer

Pokey Reddick (born 1964), Canadian retired National Hockey League goaltender

Eldon Rudd (1920-2002), American politician

Eldon Shamblin (1916-1998), American guitarist and arranger, important in the development of Western swing music

Eldon Smith, cardiologist and university and government executive

Eldon Woolliams (1916-2001), Canadian politician

Henry Syverson

Henry 'Hank' Syverson (5 October 1918 in Pine Bush, New York – 12 August 2007 in Pine Bush, New York) was an American cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed cartoons regularly to The Saturday Evening Post, This Week and many other periodicals. In World War II PFC Hank Syverson served with the US Army on Okinawa.Syverson attended the Walt Disney Animation Studios in the company of many animators destined for fame in magazine cartooning - there were Sam Cobean and Eldon Dedini. Some graduated to syndicated fame, such as Walt Kelly (Pogo), Hank Ketcham (Dennis the Menace) and George Baker (Sad Sack).

One of my favorite influences is Henry Syverson. When I first saw his cartoons as a small boy in The Saturday Evening Post magazine, I had no idea he had once been a Disney artist, but when I learned that years later I wasn't surprised. His characters have the appeal and fluidity I associate with Disney, somehow coupled with a slightly more Thurber-esque abstraction. Like Walt Kelly, Hank Ketchum and other Disney alumni though, Syverson carved out a personal niche that is as unmistakeable as a signature.

For thirty years I have pursued my favorite hobby -- at Walt Disney's Studios, then as a soldier-cartoonist (PFC Hank Syverson), and today, with my wife and two children contributing much inspiration, as a free-lance cartoonist. But perhaps to consider cartooning a hobby is deceiving. My son once asked me, 'Daddy, are you unemployed?'

National Cartoonists Society Division Awards

The National Cartoonists Society Division Awards is an award for cartoonists organized by the National Cartoonists Society. In 2015, the Division Awards were renamed as the Silver Reuben Awards.


Playboy is an American men's lifestyle and entertainment magazine. It was founded in Chicago in 1953, by Hugh Hefner and his associates, and funded in part by a $1,000 loan from Hefner's mother. Notable for its centerfolds of nude and semi-nude models (Playmates), Playboy played an important role in the sexual revolution and remains one of the world's best-known brands, having grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI), with a presence in nearly every medium. In addition to the flagship magazine in the United States, special nation-specific versions of Playboy are published worldwide.

The magazine has a long history of publishing short stories by novelists such as Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Fleming, Vladimir Nabokov, Saul Bellow, Chuck Palahniuk, P. G. Wodehouse, Roald Dahl, Haruki Murakami, and Margaret Atwood. With a regular display of full-page color cartoons, it became a showcase for notable cartoonists, including Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Cole, Eldon Dedini, Jules Feiffer, Shel Silverstein, Erich Sokol, Roy Raymonde, Gahan Wilson, and Rowland B. Wilson. Playboy features monthly interviews of notable public figures, such as artists, architects, economists, composers, conductors, film directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, religious figures, politicians, athletes, and race car drivers. The magazine generally reflects a liberal editorial stance, although it often interviews conservative celebrities.

After a year-long removal of most nude photos in Playboy magazine, the March–April 2017 issue brought back nudity.

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