Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor at The New Yorker, will retire on May 1. Just 72-years-old, Mankoff will continue as a regular contributing artist, in addition to editing an upcoming anthology, The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons.
Mankoff, who took over the cartoon desk in 1997, sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1977, giving him a 40-year career at one of the most distinctive art sections in publishing.
He is credited with creating one of the most replicated cartoons in the magazine’s history, “How About Never–Is Never Good For You?”
In a memo to staff today, editor-in-chief David Remnick described Mankoff as sustaining the magazine’s voice while bringing new and unique artists onto its pages.
“He brought a real sense of originality to this work, but, even more important, a sense of the artist and their interests,” Remnick wrote.
Replacing Mankoff is Emma Allen, editor of The Talk of the Town and Shouts & Murmurs. She joined The New Yorker in 2011, just one year after graduating from Yale with BA’s in English and Studio Art.