Monday, February 23, 2009
"...ain't nothin' in the world like a big-eyed girl..."
MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES, a bargain book from Taschen put out as one of their 25th anniversary selections, is an outstanding collection of covers from American men's magazines of 30 to 50+ years ago. As I went through it I couldn't help but notice one face repeated. Artist Clarence Doore used a very distinctive female model with wide, terrified eyes. On most of the covers she's in some sort of peril, either from animal or person, but on some she's actually the aggressor. On some covers she's blonde, or brunette, or even African! She also appears as twins or triplets.
I know nothing of Doore, but he was a good illustrator, and did a number of outstanding covers. That poor girl really went through a lot for him.
MEN'S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES, Copyright © 2008 TASCHEN GmbH