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RIP Leo Cullum, New Yorker cartoonist

Leo Cullum, a New Yorker cartoonist for 33 years (and a TWA pilot for 30 years) passed away on October 23. He was 68. You may not immediately recognize his name, but most SunFiltered readers I’m sure have chuckled at more than a few of his 819 cartoons published in the magazine.

By the 1980s he was one of the magazine’s most prolific and beloved contributors. “Starting around the mid-1990s, no one was published in The New Yorker more than Leo,” Mr. Mankoff said. He also contributed regularly to The Harvard Business Review and Barron’s.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Mr. Cullum managed the delicate feat of finding humor when the prevailing national mood was black. The issue of The New Yorker that came out immediately after the attacks carried no cartoons, but Mr. Cullum’s was the first cartoon that the magazine’s readers saw the following week, on Page 6 under the list of contributors. A woman, turning to the man next to her at a bar, says: “I thought I’d never laugh again. Then I saw your jacket.”

His wit and absurdity will be missed.