Sunday, December 21, 2008
A Simple Greeting
Once upon a time TV Guide not only ran articles of in-depth analysis and journalistic reporting on the TV scene, as opposed to purely puff pieces, it also featured artful covers that went far beyond simplistic portraits of celebrities—including an annual Christmas cover. This special cover rarely had anything directly to do with television, being instead a celebrational work of art. Illustrious artists were often commissioned including Ronald Searle and Charles Saxon, and the cover featured here from the issue covering the week of December 19, 1964 is by famed New Yorker cartoonist William Steig. The artist's specialty at one point in his long career was children, so in this delightful and suitably snowy (for this day in 2008) Yuletide art, he spotlights kids crooning Christmas carols. And not a TV in sight.