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.)

33. Army Laughs

Don did a lot of covers for various titles published by Crestwood Publishing Co., Inc., New York. Army Laughs was published bi-monthly (6 issues per year). Included in its first page banner was the following. "Names in this periodical are fictitious and no identification with actual persons or places is intended. All rights reserved." However, we do assure you that Don Orehek is a real person. Obviously Crestwood's disclaimer does not include names signed to its cartoons.

Also of interest today is the publisher's declaration of Subscription Rates. "Yearly subscription, including postage and handling, $2.50 in U.S., Canada, Mexico and Servicemen everywhere, $3.00 all other foreign."

Two "dates" are mentioned on this cover. The issue date of March '69, (that's 40 years ago), and "29th year" suggesting that this "periodical" was first published in 1940. And, yes, the color on the original is that bright!


Mike Lynch said...

I love this drawing -- and you're right; after 40 years, the colors are still vibrant!

Robert Brault said...


Really enjoy your stuff -- you're a real pro. Your Army Laughs covers bring back memories. I wrote short humor, verse and gags for the Crestwood mags from '63 into '66, including a few Al Fong Spong lines. Sam Bierman was editor and a real nice guy. Don't remember why I stopped. I think maybe they went to 100% cartoons when they lost their court case for "periodical" mailing rights. Any way, great to see an old hand still cooking.