Friday Flashback #153

Lou Nistico is fondly remembered as part of the family that owned the Arrow — the beloved Italian restaurant in Saugatuck (it’s now Mystic Market).

In the mid-1970s though, he was also the concessionaire at Longshore. His daughter Joanne was the bartender.

At the time, Westport was the illustrators’ capital of the world. They worked at home, but socialized often.

A group of cartoonists often played golf, then headed inside for martinis. Joanne calls them a “fun and wild group of talented men.”

One day during lunch, they dashed off this collage for Lou:

Famous names are included: Tony DiPreta (who drew “Joe Palooka”), Bud Jones (“Mr. Abernathy”) and Bob Gustafson (“Tillie the Toiler”).

Dick Wingert’s “Hubert” looks half in the bag, as he raises a glass to “Lou the Great!”

But check out Stan Drake’s “Juliet Jones,” and his/her R-rated comment.

Then look at Curt Swan’s Superman next to Grace — and his wandering eyes.

They make a nice couple. Their cartoon kids would have been gorgeous.

3 responses to “Friday Flashback #153

  1. LOU WAS ONE OF WESTPORT’S BEST . . .SO WAS THE ARROW

  2. Many of the cartoonists lunched at The Pickle Barrel in Sconset Square.
    Later the site of umpteen restaurants. They all worked against newspaper deadlines. Some for both daily and color Sunday strips with different plot lines. They liked adult beverages.

    In a sense, they were competitors, battling for well-paying space in syndicates that serviced hundreds of newspapers that had huge circulations in the heyday of newspapers.

    Most of them both wrote and drew their own stories. Always a cliffhanger on Saturdays for the daily strips and Sunday for the next Sunday.

    The cartoonists were also deadline artists, depending on midnight pickups of their strips at the Saugatuck Station by the Pony Express, a courier that rushed their drawing to awaiting editors in NYC.

    Few of the cartoonists did their own lettering . That was done by a handful of Japanese-American specialists in NYC.

  3. Back in The Day no event was complete unless it ended at The Arrow.
    Lou Nistico was ALWAYS on the sidelines of our home football games….to this day I remember with pride him yelling “Nice Catch #41” when I caught a pass on sideline right in front of him. To earn respect from Lou Nistico was a very high honor. Obviously, it still is. They don’t make em like that no more.

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