Ladies, this is why you should never wear red blouses:
Because the buttons don’t work?
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As an illustrator by instinct and nature, I can’t adequately express how these delight me! Gems of the Golden Age of pulp magazine art! Trashy, evocative, innocent by today’s standards — all you have to do is look at them to be transformed instantly into a mid-1950s 15-year-old!
I wonder if these 2 zines were published by the same company? The similarity not only in the cover story and art concepts but in the other articles (Hot Vacation Spots, What Women Want) is striking.
Interesting differences in the skill/technique of the artists – there are at least two people represented here.
The top one is the best IMO; the upside down pose of the unconscious damsel is very well done. The best pulp and paperback cover artists used live models (though you get some wonderful stuff, esp in SF zine covers, from the guys who didn’t bother with that but just winged it imaginatively).
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Nice insightful comment Mary Ellen, there is a distinct nostalgic artistic appeal in such things despite their cheap origin. I have always been fond of the work of illustrator Milt Caniff, known for creating comic strips Terry And The Pirates and Steve Canyon, his attention to detail was incredible.
Thanks. Yes, Caniff and a lot of the comic-strip artists of the early-mid 20th C were quite phenomenal.The ones who really boggle me are the ones who were both writer and illustrator of weekly strips. Winsor McKay (not a great dialog writer but nevertheless he conceived the fantastic adventures of Little Nemo), Al Capp , the great Walt Kelly to name a very few spanning a bunch of styles. The sheer volume of creative, painstaking work that went into it all — you have to wonder if they ever slept or ate.
I’m just wondering why so many people felt the urge to go wading through strange rivers all of a sudden.
That occurred to me, as well. My primary reaction to these is, “their feet! Yikes!”
Maybe the artists didn’t know how to draw feet, although I always hands were harder to draw. Cartoon hands only have three fingers and a thumb.
What? No Leopards Eating Human Faces?
That’s only with the dinner show, never the matinee.
I’m beginning to see a pattern here.
What, no bears!?
Getting so a guy can’t cop an honest feel any more without some varmint interrupting.
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The shocking truth revealed! Nibbled by tiny turtles!
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All those prematurely weaned animals just wanted a taste of those sweet, sweet mammaries.
Big Bad Bald Bastard beguiled by bountiful boobies.
I guess it’s like the red shirts on Star Trek?
As a San Antonian, let me just say that it is, in fact, the home of Texas’ Love Happy Girls!
As a San Antonian, let me just say… do you have any phone numbers or an introduction to some of those girls?
I’m asking for a friend…
It’s enough to make one forget all about the Alamo.
Looks like animals saving various women from a serial sexual predator to me.
Just subscribed. Got a deal from Q publishing. But the first issue is misleading. He has had it with little miss liberal in the red shirt. Their pet turtles are trying to help her.
Don’t forget the frank zappa connection
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