Sam Gross, September 17th, 2014, photo taken in downtown NYC
August 7, 1933|
New York City
Born in Bronx, New York City, Gross was the son of Max and Sophie, who were Jewish immigrants to America. His mother was born in Iași, Romania and his father was born in Lithuania. His parents came to the United States as children around 1905. Gross' ability to draw came from his mother's artistic side of the family. His father was a CPA, which is why Gross is so well-organized.
Gross attended DeWitt Clinton High School, which at the time was an all-boys school. After he graduated, Gross went to City College. He started as a business major, then he wanted to be an accounting major, and finally an advertising major. Gross ended up taking a lot of art and history courses.
Sam Gross began cartooning in 1962 and has continued ever since. His cartoons have appeared in numerous magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harvard Business Review and The New Yorker.
Every Wednesday Gross sits down to draw and, what he calls, "trip". He claims that he does not draw for magazines or newspapers, he just draws. Gross averages 16–17 drawings a week, and numbers and dates every one. Once finished, he photocopies the drawings on forty-four-pound stock paper, then punches three holes and puts them into loose-leaf books; Gross is afraid of losing his original copy and idea. In 2012, Sam Gross had a total of about 27,592 cartoons.
Published collections of cartoons by Sam Gross include:
- More Gross
- An Elephant Is Soft and Mushy
- Your Mother Is a Remarkable Woman
- I Am Blind and My Dog Is Dead
- Catss by Gross
- We Have Ways of Making You Laugh: 120 Funny Swastika Cartoons (2008)
- "Sam Gross: Sex, Race, and Frogs | The Comics Journal". The Comics Journal. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
- "Comic creator: Sam Gross". Lambiek Comiclopedia. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Goss, Sam (2008). We Have Ways of Making You Laugh: 120 Funny Swastika Cartoons (1st; Hardcover ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1416556404.
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