The Press: Good Humor Man

Once a week for 81 years (wartime excepted), the reigning wits of Punch have met in an elegant office at London's 10 Bouverie Street to eat, drink beer, make puns, argue politics and carve their initials in the dining table. Last week, at the famed Punch Round Table, the ghosts of onetime Punchinellos Tennyson, Thackeray and Mark Lemon might have quit the premises in disgust. For the first time in its history, the venerable humor magazine was to have an editor who was an artist instead of a writer.

But Punch's well-ensconced readers would not be startled from their armchairs: they had...

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