Monday, August 30, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Larry MacDougall is probably my favoritist illustrator of the contemporary faerie enchantment genre, and he and his wife are enjoying the posts of Wallace Tripp's work (as many of us are), and I dedicate past, present and future Tripp posts to them.
As indicated in his drawing, Tripp used Michel Colombe's 1508 bas relief of St. George and his dragon as a moment of parody. Ha! Baa relief indeed.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This 1948 paperback edition of Erskine's 1925 novel, with cover painting by Rudolph Belarski, certainly must have awakened a lot of schoolboys' interest in classical history. Heck, I'm gonna go read up a bit myself.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
The Timken Roller Bearing Company commissioned J.C. Leyendecker to paint portraits of war commanders for 1944 war bond ads & posters, of which here are 2 examples.
The geek in me likes to think of this first one of Admiral Kirk as a portrayal of an inspiring ancestor of Admiral James Tiberius Kirk of the 23rd century.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Marjorie Henderson Buell (Marge) was a cartoonist for the Saturday Evening Post when she created Little Lulu for her one panel cartoons. But she still drew other cartoons along the way.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
My time is pinched right now, for a number of reasons. I can only post single images here and there that I have already scanned, with little or no commentary. But I'll have some lengthier great stuff in a couple of weeks. You'll be seeing plenty til then, just sort of a miscellaneous potpourri.
This piece is from a portfolio you'll see more of down the road. Gil Kane himself sold me this artist's proof portfolio containing his art and several other cartoonists'. The portfolio didn't live to be published as an edition, for several reasons—mostly copyright problems.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
As I've indicated before, I have a 'slush pile' of olden pages that have been sliced out of comics long ago during the golden & silver ages, long before anyone had an inkling that they'd be worth something someday. Some of the pages have been so damaged over the years that scanning entire stories are out of the question. But there are still individual panels worth rescuing. Here are a few by Bob Powell of Cave Girl from various issues, and one panel (riding the birds) that I believe is from a Thund'a story, I'm thinking from issue #5.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Here is my final installment of illustrations by W.H. Robinson for the wonderful full-of-wonder 1914 edition of A MidSummer Night's Dream — certainly one of the highest watermarks of the golden age of book illustration.
Bottom. Why do they run away? This is a knavery of them
to make me afeard.
I'm sorry to say that my edition is missing 2 of the color plates, so easily lost, as they were just tipped in lightly. Still, we've seen aplenty, thus cease our sorrow.
And so, good night unto you all.
What a grand adventure style Bob Lubbers brought to Fiction House comix back in the golden age—full of DANGER, MYSTERY, ACTION, & ROMANCE (and I'm not kidding).
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sir William Russell Flint, in his earlier days, used a classic art style to illustrate some of the great classics of literature. And how much more classic can you get than Homer?
It amazes me how time and again, publishers put out editions of classic (but dry) lit, without any illustrations, and no imaginative layout or typography. Those elements help bring a book to life. I think students who wouldn't give Homer a chance, might, if the book was embellished somewhat like this one.