Gardner Rea (1894 – December 29, 1966) was an American cartoonist, and one of the original contributing artists to The New Yorker. Of Rea, one commentator has written: “He was bawdy without being obscene, absurd without being obscure. His captioned and uncaptioned gags were pithy and true.”
He attended East High School in Columbus, Ohio and Ohio State University, where he met and befriended James Thurber. Rea played tennis in college and was the editor of the humor magazine, the Sundial, which he had helped to found.
He began contributing not only drawings and covers but also gags to The New Yorker after it was founded in 1925. Artists such as Charles Addams and Helen Hokinson drew cartoons based on gags written by Rea.
- "Gardner Rea Obituary". Brookhaven/South Haven.org. December 29, 1966. Archived from the original on November 24, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
- Steven Heller (September 24, 2009). "Rah Rah Rah for Gardner Rea". Print magazine. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
- Judith Yaross Lee, Defining New Yorker humor: Studies in popular culture (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2000), 377n.
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