Judge Magazine Illustration Collection

Judge, a weekly satirical magazine, was founded in 1881 by a group of artists who seceded from the staff of the popular comic weekly, Puck. Founders included cartoonist James Albert Wales, dime novel publisher Frank Tousey, and author George H. Jessop. The magazine cultivated bold satire and good drawing, in a quarto format with a chromolithographic cover and center spread.

Publisher William J. Arkell purchased the magazine in 1885 and used it in part to attack the Democratic administration of Grover Cleveland. Cartoonists Eugene Zimmerman, Bernard Gillam, Art Young, Richard Outcault and James Montgomery Flagg were regular contributors. By 1912 Judge had overtaken its main rival, Puck, which finally expired in 1918. Sales dropped drastically during the Great Depression, and in 1932 Judge became a monthly magazine. It ceased publication in 1947.

The Judge Magazine Illustration Collection contains illustrations spanning the 1880s through the early 1900s, including covers, internal and centerfold illustrations, and 14 complete issues.

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