John Ruge gag cartoons from Collier's, circa mid twentieth-century. Click on images to enlarge them. Ruge sold gag cartoons as well to Playboy after Collier's folded in the 1950s. He also created a cartoon character, an Irish setter named Clancy.
John Ruge's illustrations of women were more restrained. Ruge was also published in Collier's in the 1940s and 1950s. This illustration is from a story in This Week a Sunday supplement that had the largest circulation in the world. It ran good fiction and used top illustrators. The production was gravure, which allowed for better reproduction than the letterpress of the time.
Ruge also illustrated fiction by Westbrook Pegler in Sunday supplements published by Hearst newspapers, as shown here. Click on images to enlarge them. The production is pretty bad, letterpress on cheap newsprint.
More from This Week, with better reproduction.
This is a portion of a consumer magazine ad for Pitney Bowes, manufacturer of postage machines.