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Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 2001


This is yet another cartoon that was bought and paid for, but for some reason unknown to me, was never published -- and once again the culprit is The Wall Street Journal. The above cartoon was purchased by The Wall Street Journal in 2001. I received my payment, but as far as I know the cartoon never saw the light of day in print. 

Over the years, I've sold hundreds of cartoons to the Wall Street Journal, and so far in these archives I've recorded seven others that were bought and never printed -- you can see them all if you select Wall Street Journal under the Publications category in the sidebar column to the right. I have no doubt that there will be more of them in the future, as I continue to go through my files and papers.

I repeat, this is only as far as I know, because The Wall Street Journal never provided me with tearsheets of my printed cartoons, so it was always up to me to check the paper.  I'm sure there must have been issues that I've missed (because of vacations, illnesses, etc.), but I was pretty thorough.

So . . . here's my plea. If there's anybody out there who has been keeping track of silly things like this, or who has inside information on the workings of The Wall Street Journal, would you please let me know the dates of publication of any of these cartoons? It would clear up a mystery that has been bugging me for a long, long time. Thanks.

 






Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1994


Yet another cartoon that was bought and paid for, but, as far as I know, was never published (by The Wall Street Journal, in 1994). I don't know the reason why it was skipped over, and I guess I never will.






Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1998


 

Another cartoon of mine that was bought and paid for (by The Wall Street Journal, in 1998), but as far as I know, was never published. I don't know the reason why, but here's the cartoon, anyway.






Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1985


Another cartoon of mine that was bought and paid for (by The Wall Street Journal, in 1985), but as far as I can tell, was never printed. The reason is unknown to me. So here's the cartoon -- I still very much like the gag, by the way.






The Wall Street Journal, November 24, 1995







Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1989


One more cartoon that The Wall Street Journal bought and paid for, but to my knowledge, never published. I figure they were waiting to schedule it to appear during the height of a bear market, but then it got lost in the shuffle. Or it could have been a dozen other reasons.






Bought and Paid For, But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1981


Another cartoon that The Wall Street Journal bought and paid for . . . but apparently never published. This goes back to 1981. All I can figure is that someone had second thoughts about it and was worried that it might be offensive to Bulgarians. Or possibly to Turks?






Bought and Paid For . . . But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1999


This is another cartoon of mine that The Wall Street Journal bought and paid for, but mysteriously was never published. It was purchased  toward the end of the 1999 baseball season, and I figured it would show up for sure when the World Series began. But it was not to be, as far as I know, and I'm pretty certain that it has never been printed at any time since then. By the way, if anybody has seen any of my "Bought and Paid For . . . " cartoons anywhere in print, please let me know about it. I like to resolve mysteries like this.






Bought and Paid For . . . But Never Published. The Wall Street Journal, 1992


One thing I could never understand is why a publication would buy and pay for a cartoon of mine and then, for no apparent reason, never publish it. That has happened to me several times in the more than 50 years that I've been in this business, and even The Wall Street Journal has been guilty of this minor transgression . . . not just once, but several times.

The above drawing, for example, was bought and paid for by The Wall Street Journal in 1992, but as far as I can tell, has never made it into print.

The original drawing was eventually returned to me (The Wall Street Journal has always been very efficient about returning original art). Just one of life's mysteries, I guess. More examples will follow, as I get around to posting them.






The Wall Street Journal 2001


Another undated Wall Street Journal cartoon. This appeared in the book The Wall Street Journal Portfolio of Golf Cartoons, edited by Charles Preston and published by Dow Jones and Co. in 2001.






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