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Calling All Caricature Lovers: Another Edition Of  “Name That Idiot Celeb”

September 17, 2013

I featured some old celebrity caricatures in two earlier posts, and challenged readers to identify them. Luckily for me, there were some right answers– whew!

I’ve rounded up another batch, so jump in and test your Idiot Celeb IQ.

Answers below.

caricatures of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, singer and guitarist respectively in the rock band The Rolling Stones

caricatures of United States Senator John McCain standing next to apple core representing Congress, and former President George W. Bush

caricatures of golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods

caricatures of celebrities who attended Northwestern University: Tony Randall famous for The Odd Couple; movie star Warren Beatty; singer Ann-Margret; television actress Shelley Long of Cheers

caricatures of Beatles John Paul George Ringo singing Free As A Bird with falling safe about to land on happy joyful bird

tough guy tribute band; caricatures of Chuck Norris karate champ and Texas Ranger; Arnold Schwarzenegger famous for The Terminator; Charles Bronson Death Wish actor; Rocky boxer movie star Sylvester Stallone

End of caricatures.

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1. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. They’ve picked up a
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2.  United States senator John McCain, and former U.S. president George W. BushBlankVertSpace.8pixels

3. American professional golfers Phil Mickelson and Tiger WoodsBlankVertSpace.8pixels

4. L-R: actor Tony Randall, best remembered for his role as Felix Unger in television’s The Odd Couple; actor Warren Beatty, who became a major film star after his lead role in Bonnie and Clyde; actress-singer Ann-Margret, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas; actress Shelley Long, best known for her role as Diane
in the television sitcom, Cheers

The illustration dates back to 2006, and was used as a timeline for an article about the 75th anniversary of Northwestern University’s student musical revue. All four celebs attended Northwestern. None stayed to graduate, but they all returned to be in a Waa-Mu show.BlankVertSpace.8pixels

5. The Beatles; L-R: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr.

The drawing is a portion of a 1995 B&W editorial cartoon.

Free As A Bird was written by Lennon. He recorded a home demo of the song in 1977. The three surviving Beatles added additional vocals and instrumental backing to the demo in 1994. The final studio recording was released in 1995, 15 years after Lennon’s death– which explains why he’s portrayed as an angel in the drawing.BlankVertSpace.8pixels

6. Movie tough guys; L-R: Chuck Norris, best known for playing the title role in the television series Walker, Texas Ranger; Arnold Schwarzenegger, best known for the Terminator movies; Charles Bronson, probably best remembered as the vigilante in Death Wish; Sylvester Stallone, best known for Rocky and its five sequels.

There are a number of little sight gags in the illustration: Chuck is kicking out a couple
of the microphone’s teeth; instead of just “seeing stars,” the microphone is seeing Texas Ranger badges; Arnold is playing a gattling gun guitar; Bronson’s playing the stand-up bass with a long-barreled revolver instead of a bow; Rocky’s drumhead is a steak, and
he’s “playing” the drum with a knife and fork.

Arnold is standing on a Snagglepuss rug– I have no idea why. I did the illustration for Crawdaddy Magazine.

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Did you get any right? OK, how many??

How big do you think the bee was that stung Mick Jagger’s lips?

Do you think Keith Richards spends too much time on his hair?

Do you worry about big iron safes falling out of windows in tall buildings like they always seem to do in old movies?

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. September 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    Loved the Snagglepuss rug. “Heavens to Murgatroid!”


    • September 20, 2013 9:02 AM

      Ha! Yes, I guess the poor guy finally exited stage right, permanently… : )

      Nice to meet someone who speaks the language, and thanks very much for stopping by!


  2. September 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    I was guessing Food Network stars for #4. Since they were carting around food.


    • September 20, 2013 9:23 AM

      Ha! The food connection, I see what you mean. The magazine article I worked from told a little bit about the shows that each celebrity was in. Felix (Tony) was running for President, Beatty played an Indian, Ann-Margret was somehow involved with mashed potatoes (the dance, maybe?), and Shelley Long’s show had an exorcism theme. I’ve forgotten all the details– which is probably good!

      Thanks for visiting Armstrong’s Food Cart!! : )


  3. September 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    These are awesome!


  4. September 17, 2013 5:25 PM

    Oh, I recognized so many!!! The Stones, Bush, Arnold, Beatty, Chuck, Bronson and the (brilliant) Beatles. What a bunch! Result of a very talented person …oh, but you know that! So, you have managed to make my day, my tomorrow and now my day after tomorrow as well 🙂


    • September 20, 2013 9:31 AM

      My dear Marina! Your kind words have me blushing such a deep red, that I may have to form a new group called The Beet-les… : )

      Wow, you got a lot! But of course that keen artist’s eye of yours misses nothing… : )

      Thank you for your lovely comment, and for making my day, my night, my week, and a Wednesday afternoon to be named later!! : )


  5. September 17, 2013 6:31 PM

    I got about 11. Some of them I think I *should* have recognized, because I do know the actors. But again, I understand caricatures are difficult; that it’s so difficult to get those few features that absolutely EVERYONE recognizes. I mean, I see young artists struggle even with photorealistic approaches. (You may remember I said I dabbled a little bit with graphic art, but didn’t stay with it.)


    • September 20, 2013 9:50 AM

      Nice score, Jak– you clearly know your idiots, which is gratifying for the guy who’s drawing them. : )

      Caricatures are always interesting. Some come easily to me, but I’ve really had to struggle with others. What’s particularly fascinating, to me anyway, is how two different artists can sometimes emphasize completely different features in the same person’s face, and still produce caricatures that are instantly recognizable as that person. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and so is nose size, apparently… : )

      Thanks as always for your support, sir!


  6. September 17, 2013 7:42 PM

    I got five right. I thought that the cat Arnie was tromping was the Pink Panther. But Snagglepuss and PP could be body doubles. Mick and Keith were my faves. I love the little unexpected asides. They really make you pay attention to the characters.

    Delightful caricatures, Mark. You had me rolling – and guessing. Would I win the big prize? BUT wait … there are no prizes … except another gander at your wonderful art. 🙂


    • September 20, 2013 12:44 PM

      My dear Judy!! Must you pay me such outrageous compliments?? Well, OK, if you must, you must… : )

      Snagglepuss and the Pink Panther… hey, you’re right– it’s too close to call! Somebody ripped off somebody, but whodunit?? Poor Snags– he coulda had a famous theme song by Henry Mancini… : )

      Glad you enjoyed the post, and you deserve a prize for your oh-so-kind comment. And you’ll get that prize, providing I can ever find some Snagglepuss wall-to-wall carpeting!! : )


      • September 20, 2013 9:45 PM

        Shag carpeting out of Snagglepuss? Oh no, Mr. Bill. 🙂

        Remember, Mark, I am part Irish and ALL of my Blarney is very sincere. 🙂


  7. September 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    “Do you worry about big iron safes falling out of windows in tall buildings like they always seem to do in old movies?” – All the time. 🙂 I got about 50% of the illustrations right. Snagglepuss threw me off! 🙂


    • September 27, 2013 2:35 PM

      Phew! I read your comment and heaved a big sigh of relief. Why? Because sometimes I get the feeling I’m the only one in the world who’s worried about falling safes. It does my heart good to know there’s another person who’s concerned about this ever-present menace… : )

      Yes, if it weren’t for ol’ Snaggily-puss, you’da scored 100%, easy. I’m glad they turned him into a rug, serves him right!! : P

      Many thanks for your rollicking fine comment and ongoing support!! : )


  8. September 19, 2013 3:38 AM

    I didn’t know any except Bush! 😦 I loved the illustrations though 🙂 tiger woods has incredibly feline eyes – he has a very bovine expression usually, so you caught the demon within I guess 😉


    • September 27, 2013 2:42 PM

      You got Bush, so let’s see, that’s 1 out of 12,657, so around here, that qualifies you as an expert… : )

      I must tell you, my dear Malvika, that when I read that part about Tiger Woods usually having a very bovine expression, I let out a roar like an elephant!! A tiger that looks like a cow– haw!! One of the funniest and keenest observations ever recorded here, and I’m still laughing!!

      Thanks as ever for your good-humored support! : )


  9. September 22, 2013 12:42 AM

    In all the world of art illustration, caricature has always been my favourite & yours, Mark, are the best of the best! Your wonderfully intricate details add the perfect personality clues — how stupendous! i.e. LUV the ‘dark’ objects hanging from Richards’ hair, Lennon the angel, etc. 😉

    I got the music ones, most of the tough guys, & some of the entertainers — not so well with the old sports or the U.S. politicians [ya know, my excuse being Canadian]. Thanks for a great brain test … I’m off to check out your other caricatures.


    • September 27, 2013 2:54 PM

      My dear Vanessa: your wonderful comment has made me as giddy as a drunken man– as Old Ebenezer Scrooge once remarked after drinking too many root beer floats with Tiny Tim!! Thank you for that lovely compliment, and I’m so glad you enjoyed all the drawings.

      Caricatures have always (as you may have guessed!) been high on my own list of art favorites. As a kid, I used to marvel at all Mort Drucker’s astonishing work in Mad Magazine, and wonder: How on earth does he do it?? Well, it gives a lad something to shoot for, anyway!

      Sounds like you racked up a great score– that, too, is good to hear!! Thanks again for your wonderful comment, and all your support. : )


  10. October 2, 2013 5:26 PM

    this is reallllly good!


    • October 3, 2013 8:58 AM

      Thank you!! I realllllly appreciate it!! : )

      Wishing you all the best with your fashion blog!


  11. SingingTuna permalink
    October 6, 2013 1:14 PM

    Mort Drucker! You definitely do him proud! You’re soooooo good at these!!!!


    • October 6, 2013 7:27 PM

      Another Mort Drucker fan?? Excellent! I fear there are many today that do not know that most hallowed name in caricatures. I remember reading once, the opinion that he could perfectly capture anyone, but that he could never really be unkind. The necessary exaggerations were there, but his celebrity “victims” always loved the way he drew them. Now that puts him in a very unique category!

      Even getting mentioned in the same breath as him makes me blush– with disbelief, but with supreme happiness!! Thank you, O Kindest Tuna whatever warbled in the Deep Sea Chorale!! : )


      • SingingTuna permalink
        October 6, 2013 7:32 PM

        Oh, yes! I started reading “Mad Magazine” when I was a little squirt. Thanks to Mort Drucker and Don Martin, I giggled my way through a lot of my childhood.

        I can imagine you fitting right in to that group. Oh, yes.


        • October 6, 2013 9:38 PM

          Good ol’ Mad!! Somehow their movie satires were always ten times better than the movies themselves!! And that crazy Don Martin had what is probably the most unique cartoon style of all time! Ditto his outrageous sound effects! Yup, I, too, was a huge fan.

          Me?? Fit right into “the usual gang of idiots”?? Well, maybe the “idiot” part… : P Thanks for that mind-boggling compliment!! : )


  12. SingingTuna permalink
    October 6, 2013 1:16 PM

    Phooey. I can’t “Like” this post. It just doesn’t work.
    Well, I did like it. A LOT!!!!!!


    • October 6, 2013 7:34 PM

      What??? The Like button has come a cropper?? That is completely outrageous and unacceptable!!! A Like from The Tuneful Tuna is worth more than a WordPress bowling trophy or any other honor!!

      Hm. A browser issue, perhaps? I don’t know what to suggest. Oh wait, no suggestions are needed because, being a genius, you found a way around it– a Like Comment! Thank you for both your kindness and innovative spirit!! : )


      • SingingTuna permalink
        October 6, 2013 7:37 PM

        “come a cropper” — Ha!! Love that expression!

        I’ll try Safari tomorrow. Maybe Opera, too. I’m using Chrome right now.

        I do have to sign into your site now, never did before. So maybe the Like buttons behave differently as a result.


        • October 6, 2013 9:48 PM

          Ha! Yes, I’ve always been a big fan of British slang. Probably comes from reading too much Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie, and P.G. Wodehouse! To come a cropper, is certainly a great example.

          You now have to sign into my site?? Man, that’s a new one– at least to me. I’m scratchin’ my head here, and I better stop before I get a splinter in my finger. Hope using a different browser will help. Keep me posted, as the fence said to the ranch hand… : )


  13. October 13, 2013 8:00 AM

    The expression Stallone’s face 😀 *chuckles*


    • October 16, 2013 8:26 AM

      I thought I heard a distant chuckle– I’m delighted to know it was you, my dear Vandy!! Making you chuckle remains one of my top goals as an illustrator… : )

      Stallone’s expression is very similar to mine when I first get up in the morning. Of course, I’m much better looking… : P


  14. Russ French permalink
    December 10, 2013 9:50 PM

    Your skill and creativity are profound. Hoping to see your work in the NYTimes or papers in LA and DC. in Jesus, Russ


    • December 14, 2013 4:43 PM

      Too kind, Russ, too kind, my friend! With that kind of encouragement, I’ll definitely be going places– even if it’s just to the Hairyville Post Office! : )

      Your friendship and support mean a lot, sir– many thanks for that wonderful comment! : )


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