- Full Description
Cover feature is on Joe De Mers (1910-84), known for his many slick magazine illustrations of fashion and beautiful women for Esquire, The Saturday Evening Post and others, and some major film posters c.1940s and 50s. Finally a look at a personal favorite, E. Simms Campbell, famous for his gag cartoon illustrations for Esquire and Playboy, and for his comic strip Cuties in the 1940s. And a look at pulp cover artist Alex Redmond with dozens of his 1930s-era Real Detective and Real Love, among others. Nudity.
It's noteworthy that Campbell was a black artist, something I was never aware of. He began work in the very beginning of the 1930s, doing wonderful covers for the widely popular humor magazine, Judgerisque full color cartoons for Esquire. He broke into syndication with two newspaper strips, Little Mose and Phantom Island in 1940, but he hit the big time with his daily one-panel gag cartoons, Cuties, which ran from 1940 until...get this...1971! Not only did he introduce his beautiful women to newspapers all over the country, 145 of them, plus papers in 17 other countries, he was the first African-American to create a nationally syndicated strip.
And it doesn't stop there. Two books were compiled from his Cuties Strips, in 1942 and 1943, which do turn up to some degree. In the 1960s, he began doing cartoons for Playboy, often starring a lucky middle-east shiek and his harem of beautiful--and always mostly nude--women. As a baby boomer who snuck these Playboy issues out from my Dad's stash, I recall the popular run of these full page, full color cartoons in those issues. I've included an example here.
Also book reviews, exhibitions and events, and more round out the issue.
- Additional Information
Item Code IL64 Publisher Illustrated Press Publish Date 2019 ISBN 074470565406 Binding Magazine Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 80pg Color Partial Color