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The cover feature presents the work of Frederic Varady, (1908-2002), known for his wonderful slick magazine illustrations of fashionable men and women of the 1940s and '50s. Next we have cartoonist Gilbert Bundy, (1911-1955) who produced many cartoons for Esquire magazine before becoming a war correspondent during WWII. Much like Playboy cartoons but a bit more innocent. Last, a look at N.C. Wyeth's book illustrations for the classic Rip van Winkle", As if from Dreams Awakened," by Brian M. Kane.
Rip Van Winkle is one of my favorite Wyeth books and also a favorite story. It was not a part of the much-loved Scribner's series, but instead was done by a competing publisher, David McKay. The format I feel was a superior one, with a charming cover illustration and abundant color plates, illustrating a classic fantasy novel of the man who falls asleep for 20 years and comes back to a world changed. Wyeth used his surroundings in Pennsylvania and Delaware to realistically capture this tale of a small town in the mountains, and of the fabled ghostly crew who lure poor Rip to his fate.
Varady did some very innovative work, even showing some inspiration from the surreal. But he was still firmly in the world of art illustration. In fact, his work makes me think of Coby Whitmore’s similar beautiful and spirited young women.
Bundy began his career as a very arty cartoonist (the "gag" market of the early 1930s) and then went into World War II to become a fine serious illustrator. The work here presents the variety of his material, from beginning, through the war and after. He came back from the war to produce more commercial work, this time more in the fashionable area that Varady and Whitmore were doing, but as you can by see his birth and death dates, his career was cut short.
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Item Code IL60 Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2018 Binding Magazine Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 80pg Color Partial Color