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Craig & Karl reinterpret Eustace Tilley

Craig & Karl were among a number of artists asked to create their interpretation of the New Yorker’s iconic mascot Eustace Tilley for their 2018 anniversary issue.

Eustace Tilley was first drawn by the magazine’s original art editor, Rea Irvin, showing a high-collared behatted figure looking at a butterfly through a monocle, and appeared on the cover of the magazine’s first issue in 1925. Since then, Tilley has appeared on the cover each year on the date closest to the magazine’s anniversary of 21st February.

The image is usually Irvin’s original, so it’s a rare honour for other artists to be given a chance to try their hand at the character.