Don Orehek Cartoons
Don has sold a LOT of cartoons in his career. Each numbered cartoon or illustration on the left side of this Blog is from a DIFFERENT magazine, newspaper, etc. Let's see if we can find out the total number of publications (places) where Don's work has appeared . . . . . (An unnumbered posting is a duplicate publication.)
Wouldn't it be something if Little League players were traded like the big league players! Guess that would mean contracts and big salaries, too.
Don wasn't raised in a sports-minded family, so his knowledge of baseball only came about when son Errol became interested, first in the New York Yankees, then the New York Mets. Good thing a knowledge of the game didn't preclude Don from drawing this cartoon. It was published June 18, 1966, exactly 14 months before Errol was born.
This cartoon appeared in Saturday Evening Post though it could just as well have been bought by Cosmopolitan or Playboy. Publication date is probably sometime in the late 1960s.
No date for this Saturday Evening Post cartoon, but we can tell by the style that it's early 1960s.
Another story about this gag happened in the Colosseum in Rome. Don and wife Suzy we on the upper level looking at the massive arena and imaging what went on there in ancient times. A young couple approached Don asking him to take their picture with the Colosseum in the background. Don said Suzy is the photographer in the family. The couple posed and just as Suzy took the picture Don said "Say mozzarella!" The couple, like the editor, burst out laughing. The result was a great picture!
Note the spelling of mozzarella in the original cartoon. Yes, that's the way it was printed.
The cartoon posted here was published sometime in the 1960s.
Another cartoon from Leatherneck is post #15 in this blog.
Caption: "Psst. . .don't argue with him. Let him think he's boss."
We're not venturing away from Dell because we need to slow down or speed up. Just thought we'd show some of Don's creations from a different publication for a while.
We don't have the date this cartoon appeared though it must have been in the sixties like a lot of the others Dell gags we've shown.
Here in New York we had a hint of spring last Friday when the temperature hovered just below 70 degrees. It reminds us that spring is truly right around the corner, and with it lemonade stands will pop up in a lot of neighborhoods though the prices will definitely be higher than when Don did this cartoon for Dell's 1000 Jokes, published in August 1968.
Caption: "The Lo-cal is cheaper because there's no sugar in it!"
Don and Suzy had an experience with "Lo-cal" lemonade in Udine, Italy in 1974. At a breakfast bar in the hotel where they were staying a lot of dapper Italian men were ordering lemon juice. Suzy thought she would try one. The only problem was that she hadn't noticed the Italians dumping tons of sugar into their glasses. She took a big swallow, and - well - guess she looked like the man in Don's cartoon!
So, do you think Whistler talked to his mother like that? Who knows! Anyway, surely she has things to do -- baking pies, laundry, scrubbing, washing sonny's paint brushes -- so wouldn't it be reasonable for her to wiggle!
Published in Dell's 1000 Jokes, August 1967.
Now that the groundhog has had his say, we'll look forward to baseball spring training.
Do notice that no team is mentioned in this cartoon of Don's printed in the November 1967 issue of Dell's 1000 Jokes. Isn't he tactful!
Here's a "wacky quote" from the artist himself who is only a sports fan by coercion. He knows such a little bit about football that he asked how many halves there are! (Any similarity to the blurb on the back cover is purely coincidental.)
Scholastic, Inc. published this book in 1991.
Wow, is the groom getting off to a bad start or what?
As they say, if it can happen it will happen. So if you - or anyone you know - fell asleep and missed a date at the altar, it would be interesting to let us know about it.
This cartoon was published in Dell's 1000 Jokes in its November 1967 issue.
1000 Jokes published this Orehek cartoon in its May 1967 issue. Probably readers in that year thought the guy wanted to be rescured from his eagle kidnapper. If the gag were published today, we'd say he got held up at security and the eagle is helping him catch up to the plane he missed!
In the 1970s Manhattan Savings Bank in New York City lured in potential customers with entertainment. No ATMs in those days. Shown here is a mailer piece with several drawings by Don. You can tell what was offered by the illustrations. The other side of the card lists the schedule of entertainers and the dates they would appear. It says cartoonists Aug. 17 though Don did caricatures at the bank more than once.
If the woman getting her fortune told here is lucky the trip won't be like the one brought about by the doctor mentioned in our previous post. (See below.)
Dell published this cartoon of Don's in the February 1967 issue of 1000 Jokes.
Note: No signature on this cartoon. It was rare that Don forgot to sign, so more likely it just got cut off in the printing.