"Over 2,000 selected cartoons ... appear in the ... hardcover, and all 68,647 are featured on the two accompanying CD-ROMs (a digital anthology fully browsable by date, subject, and artist)."--Publisher's website. CD-ROMs contain all cartoons published in the "New Yorker" from 1925 Feb. 21 through 2004 Feb. 23, and comprise the contributions of hundreds of artists, including works of: Constantin Alajalov, Douglas Borgstedt, Boris Drucker, Alan Dunn, Sid Hoff, Mary Petty, Otto Soglow, and Gluyas Williams.
For me, three aspects of these cartoons stand out. First, they’re practically all absolutely brilliant, even if you have to have loads of “cultural knowledge” to either appreciate them at all or to appreciate them even more. The second aspect is that these cartoons convey a sense of historical and social change in a medium that is anything but dry and wearisome! And the third aspect is that you can get a sense of how many different possibilities there are to “think out of the box” with techniques like combining seemingly incompatible topics, by juxtaposition, understatement, and so on, both in text and artwork. If you’re a writer and/or copywriter, this gives you an idea about what you can achieve if you try hard enough.