Chuck Jones’s Square and Round Dance Illustrations

"Grand Right and Left (Last Day)" by Chuck Jones for Sets in Order, date unknown

Chuck Jones is best known as the cartoonist who created Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, and other beloved Warner Bros. cartoon characters. Jones also loved square dancing, and from the late 1950s through the early 1960s, frequently contributed square dance-themed original cartoon artwork to the Southern California-based magazine Sets in Order. The magazine was produced by his good friend, noted square dance caller Bob Osgood.

Chuck Uones illustration for Sets in Order, date unknown

"The Final Round Dance" by Chuck Jones for Sets in Order, date unknown

Several of Jones’s original pen and ink cartoon illustrations for the magazine can be found in Osgood’s personal papers, one of two large square dance-focused collections in the Carson Brierly Giffin Dance Library, an endowed dance collection that is part of the University of Denver’s Special Collections and Archives.

The website Cartoon Brew, which “covers a wide range of topics, from cutting-edge computer animation and visual effects for both television and film, to classical techniques like hand-drawn and stop motion,” has assembled a gallery of all of Jones’ Sets in Order cover illustrations. The article notes that although the cartoons’ content is sometimes “esoteric,” the “drawings that Jones created for Sets in Order stand on their own and can be appreciated today as exquisite examples of mid-century cartooning.”

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