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November 21, 2005

Lou Myers, 1915-2005


Lou Myers, a noted New Yorker cover artist and advertising illustrator whose cartoons portrayed the futility of the Cold War and the absurdity of the War Between the Sexes, died at his home yesterday at 90 years old.

Myers' life was not only like a book, it became a book after a series of essays about his early years appeared in The New Yorker at the behest of Editor William Shawn. Myers was born in 1915, came to New York with his family a couple of years later, was yet another graduate of DeWitt Clinton in the Bronx, and was a painter for the Navy during World War II. He became well known after the war when his illustrations appeared in Art Buchwald's popular Paris After Dark. His work may have found their most prominent stage in advertising, where it embodied a voice that was clever, carefree, yet very tongue-in-cheek, almost self-critical.

According to his obituary in the Times, Myers published three collections of his cartoons and three children's books. Apparently he was also, and no one would make this up, the first artist to wear a small strip of adhesive tape on his face.
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