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was a cartoonist
A cartoonist is a person who specializes in drawing cartoons. This work is usually humorous, mainly created for entertainment, political commentary or advertising...
, especially known for his work in The New Yorker
The New Yorker is an American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons and poetry published by Condé Nast...
in the 1940s and 1950s.
His book of cartoons, The Naked Eye
, has been published around the world. Likewise, the book published after his death, The Cartoons of Cobean
has enjoyed worldwide popularity since its publication in 1952. Copies of his books are still actively traded by his fans.
A close friend and co-worker with cartoonist Charles Addams
Charles "Chas" Samuel Addams was an American cartoonist known for his particularly black humor and macabre characters...
(The Addams Family
The Addams Family is a group of fictional characters created by American cartoonist Charles Addams. As named by Charles Addams, the Addams Family characters include Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Lurch, Grandmama, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Thing....
), Sam Cobean has influenced cartoons and cartoonists for several generations. His particular contribution to the art of cartooning was his "dream bubble" or "thought bubble," wherein he revealed what the characters in his cartoons were actually thinking, e.g. the man looking at a beautiful woman and seeing her in the nude.
Cartoonist Sam Cobean created humor that truly transcends the barriers of language, culture, race and even time.