"Johnny Carson for His Debut Appearance on "The Tonight Show""   Lot no. 2226

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By George Wachsteter (1911-2004)

Sept. 30 1962 (Estimated)
14.00" x 9.50"
Pen and Ink on Illustration Board
Signed Center Right



Caricature by George Wachsteter (1911-2004) of Johhny Carson on `The Tonight Show`, for the June 2, 1963 cover of the New York Journal-American TView Section. On 20" x 15" illustration board with in watercolor on newsprint overlay. Includes orignal copiesof the magazine and preliminary sketches on onionskin. Carson first appeared on the Tonight show on Jan 8, 1963. 14" x 9 1/2" image. Overlay wrinkled, tear into image upper right.

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From the dawn of TV, from 1937 to 1967, George Wachsteter (1911 - 2004) was a prominent in-demand American illustrator and caricaturist. Next to Al Hirschfeld, Wachsteter was one of the most visible American theatrical caricaturists at the time. He produced theatrical, radio, television and film related images for the 3 major radio and television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC. Wachsteter's humorous and elegant line drawings were seen displayed in almost every American living room through the syndicated TV View guide, and prominently placed in most major newspapers, including the Times, Herald Tribune, New York Journal American, and New York World-Telegram. A gradual loss of his vision ended his career prematurely in the late 1960s.