Drawn by Drucker?
Word Mad Magazine’s legendary Illustrator Mort Drucker died last week at the age of 91 was a missed blip on Sneed’s radar screen.
That is until my Chicago Sun-Times colleague Miriam Di Nunzio inquired if I still had the caricature he had drawn of me in the 1990s — along with fellow columnists Rick Telander, Bill Zwecker, Richard Roeper, and Jay Mariotti as well as the late, legendary Roger Ebert, Irv Kupcinet and Jeff (Dear Ann) Zaslow.
That was a drawing by the legendary Drucker?
Sneed to the rescue.
Once individually plastered on delivery trucks during the golden age of newspapers, the cartoons — apparently lost during a Sun-Times office relocation — were in my basement closet.
In Drucker’s obit, it was noted actor Michael J. Fox told legendary late-night TV host Johnny Carson he knew he had made it when he appeared in a Drucker cartoon.
Well, Rick, Bill, Richard, Roger, Irv, Jeff and Jay ... I guess we made it … if only for a moment in time that ended up in a basement box.
(Yikes! Now told foxy Zwecker bought his Drucker original for $600! Smart move, Billy boy!)